Rose Float Wins Fantasy Award — Still Vying for Viewers’ Choice

Rose Float Wins Fantasy Award -- Still Vying for Viewers' Choice

The Cal Poly Universities 2011 Rose Float is titled "Galactic Expeditions"Galactic Expedition was a blast at the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. The Cal Poly Universities’ latest and 63rd consecutive float won the Fantasy Award for most outstanding display of fantasy and imagination.

Voting is still underway for the 2011 Viewers’ Choice Award, which Cal Poly students hope to win for the third consecutive time. This year the competition will spread to a national audience bringing
increased competition. Voting can be done online as well as via text message. Voting will take place Jan. 1 from 8 a.m. (PST) to 2:10 p.m. (PST), with the winner announced later in the afternoon.

  • To vote online, go to the Tournament of Roses website at
    and follow the instructions.
  • To vote via cell phone message,
    text FLOAT 14 to 50649. There is no charge to vote, but
    message and data rates may apply.
  • Five votes per email and five
    per text message are allowed.

Galactic Expedition depicts a planet and a rocket floating amid
clouds as children work to assemble the spaceship of their dreams. The
2011 parade theme is “Building Dreams, Friendships and Memories.”
Michael Roussin, a third-year mechanical engineering student from Cal
Poly Pomona, submitted the winning design in the annual design contest.

In the last few days leading up to the parade, volunteers covered the
float with thousands of roses and carnations, as well eucalyptus and
oleander leaves. Rose Float team members at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo have worked year round on every aspect of the project
including its design, construction, animation and decoration. Before
heading down Colorado Boulevard, they will check and double check to
make sure the animation, mechanics and other operating systems are in
good working order.