|Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student Katie Ford waves from a bumper car on Seaside Amusement.|
Cal Poly Universities' Rose Float, “Seaside Amusement,” is the winner of the inaugural Viewers' Choice Award in the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade. The student-built float received 3,219 votes out of 10,618 votes submitted.
More than 10,000 parade fans visited www.ktla.com/roseparade to cast their vote on Jan. 1 after the parade. The winner was announced by Tournament of Roses President Corky Conzonire, live from the Post Parade Showcase of Floats via the KTLA Morning News on Jan. 2.
The Cal Poly Universities' float is the only entry in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade that is designed, built and decorated solely by students and volunteers — a tradition that dates back to 1949.
“Seaside Amusement” marks the 61st consecutive time students from the Pomona and San Luis Obispo campuses provided an entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The float features a lively and whimsical seaside boardwalk filled with amusement rides and attractions, including a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, parachute drop, carousel horses, bumper cars, and game, food and ticket booths.
For more information about Cal Poly Universities' Rose Float, visit www.cpp.edu/~news/rosefloat.shtml.