It seems as if the award-winning 2011 rose float Galactic Expedition just finished rolling down Colorado Boulevard, but the deadline is drawing near to decide on the Cal Poly Universities’ theme for the 2012 entry.
“Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo take great pride in making our float participation a volunteer event,” says Sergio Hernandez, student involvement intern at the Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers. “Selecting the theme for the float is part of that tradition.”
Michael Roussin, a third-year mechanical engineering student from Cal Poly Pomona, submitted the winning design for Galactic Expedition, which won both the Fantasy Trophy and the Viewers’ Choice Award.
Participation is open to the public, and multiple entries are allowed. All entries should be no larger than 11-by-17 inches and done in black and white. The entries should be anonymous and accompanied by a sealed envelope containing the entry and float description. Copyright infringement, such as depicting cartoon characters, is not allowed. The form may be obtained going to www.rosefloat.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/2012-Concept-Contest-Guidelines.pdf
The grand prize is two tickets to the 2012 Rose Bowl game or $1,000 cash, and multiple winners split the prize. The deadline is Friday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m.
The Tournament of Roses will announce the parade theme during the week of Jan. 23. In concept, the theme will be about potential and hope, discoveries and fascinations, and the search for beauty in things rare and common.
“The Cal Poly Universities’ concept should play off the parade theme, but there is great latitude for interpretation,” Hernandez says. “We’re looking forward to a wide spectrum of ideas.”