Rose Float To Set Sail

Rose Float To Set Sail
Cathrine Evanilla, a sophomore business major, screens in a penguin on this year's Rose Parade float on Dec. 12.
Jennifer Woo, a junior communications major, welds on a hula dancing polar bear on “Arctic Antics.”
This is a rendering of the float.

If you think driving in Los Angeles traffic is tough, try doing it in a 55-foot float.

Students from the Cal Poly Universities will be taking their self-built float “Arctic Antics” on its journey to Brookside Pavilion decoration center in Pasadena on Friday, Dec. 22.

Because of the float's obvious potential for traffic distraction, it is transported at night. A light-hearted christening is scheduled at 8:30 p.m. The 4-hour journey from the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Float Lab begins at approximately 10 p.m.

Local trucking company KKW Trucking is assisting students in transporting the float through streets, highways and byways. The route is carefully chosen to ensure room for the float, which measures 55-feet long, 18-feet wide and 17-feet high. The float will travel through 11 cities including, Pomona, West Covina, Temple City, Arcadia and South Pasadena before arriving at the decoration center near the Rose Bowl Stadium.

“Arctic Antics” is the 59th consecutive entry into the Rose Parade by students from Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The Cal Poly Universities project is the only Rose Parade float entry designed, constructed, decorated and financed entirely by students.

From Dec. 23 to Jan. 1, final float preparations, decorating and judging takes place at the Brookside Pavilion. Decorations Week runs from Dec. 26-31, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Volunteers can assist by preparing the natural materials, decorating the float, working in the food tent for volunteers, cleaning up, as well as helping with volunteer check-in.

For more information about volunteering to decorate the Cal Poly Universities 2007 Tournament of Roses Float, please contact Janetta McDowell, senior coordinator of the Rose Float, at (909) 869-3642. A volunteer information packet is also available online at: