Cal Poly Pomona will hold Rose Day on Thursday, Nov. 30, with fun-filled activities and a celebration of the university’s Rose Float program. Working on the floats gives students a range of experience from project management and construction to team building, volunteer management and the best ways to attach flowers and dried material to the float.
Rose Day will be celebrated from noon to 1 p.m. in University Park.
There will be games, a photo booth, pie throwing, face painting and, in keeping with this year’s float theme, both paper airplane making and a paper airplane throwing contest. The campus community can also learn about float construction, design and decoration. Cotton candy and Rose Float merchandise will be available for purchase.
This year’s float, “Dreams Take Flight,” features three young animals soaring above the clouds in homemade airplanes. The 27-foot tall float will sparkle with LED lights on the stars and clouds. Airplane propellers on the “cardboard” planes will spin, kites will fly, and paper airplanes will float around the base.
The design “represents imagination and creativity, with the idea that you can use whatever tools you have to achieve your dreams,” said Jerica Hurtado, Cal Poly Pomona’s float president and a second year MBA student.
The float is the 70th consecutive entry from the students of Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
The 2018 Roses Parade starts at 8 a.m. on Jan. 1. The event is broadcast around the world, and tens of thousands of people view the parade along its 5.5-mile route through Pasadena.
For more information about the Cal Poly Rose Float or to register as a volunteer during deco prep days in Pasadena, visit https://www.rosefloat.org/deco-prep/.