Participate in Rose Float Decorations Week

Participate in Rose Float Decorations Week
Rachelle Kam paints the face of a gingerbread man during last year's Decorations Week in Pasadena. Cal Poly Universities' Rose Float entry, “A Sundae Afternoon,” took home the Theme Trophy at the 114th Tournament of Roses Parade.
Volunteers prepare flowers for last year's Rose Float during Decorations Week.

In anticipation of the 2004 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, the Cal Poly Universities Rose Float Committee invites the campus community to participate in Decorations Week, Dec. 26-30. Faculty, staff and students can volunteer to help decorate this year?s float, ?Bob?s Barnacle Band,? with jobs ranging from applying bark to the enormous pirate ship to gluing petals on sea creature band members.

The theme of this year?s Tournament of Roses Parade held on New Year?s Day is ?Music, Music, Music.? Cal Poly Universities? float project depicts a sea creature band, led by its skeleton conductor, playing on a sunken pirate ship. The pirate ship is broken in two and provides the perfect stage for a band of eccentric creatures and their instruments. As the starfish singer makes its entrance crooning from a large clamshell, the band's audience of fish and crustaceans frolic and dance among treasure chests, barrels, coral and seaweed. While the skeleton lookout watches from the crow?s nest and the helmsman steers the ship along the sea floor, “Bob's Barnacle Band” continues to make music somewhere beyond the sea.

?Bob?s Barnacle Band? marks the 56th consecutive Cal Poly Universities entry into the Rose Parade. The project ? involving both the Pomona and San Luis Obispo campuses ? is the only float entry designed, constructed, decorated and financed entirely by students.

During Decorations Week, volunteers will be needed to work anytime between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily at the Brookside Tent decoration center located just south of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. No experience is necessary to be a volunteer.

To learn more about the Rose Float project or becoming a volunteer, visit or contact Janetta McDowell, Rose Float senior coordinator in the Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers, at (909) 869-3642. To view a streaming video presentation on the history of the Cal Poly Universities Rose Float, visit (DSL/cable) or (dial-up 56K modem).

A rendering of the 2004 Cal Poly Universities Rose Float, ?Bob?s Barnacle Band.?