Students from Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo will celebrate the power of reading and imagination with the 2015 Rose Parade float design.
“Soaring Stories” portrays a fairy tale castle and a mythological griffin emerging from the pages of storybooks. It reflects the 2015 parade theme, “Inspiring Stories.”
About 80 different float concepts were submitted to the Cal Poly Rose Float Committee, which voted on them. The winning concept was then given to design team, which has the creative freedom turn it into a design.
“This year, our design is very different from our concept. The initial concept had a volcano and a dinosaur on it,” says, Tiffany Geery, the design chair and a fourth-year industrial engineering student. “The design team took the idea of ‘books coming to life’ from the concept and brainstormed ideas for stories, which is how we ended up with our design.”
Some float construction work has already begun on both campuses. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students are expected to move their half of the float to Cal Poly Pomona in mid-to-late October. Construction typically continues until right before Christmas. Students and volunteers then spend the week between Christmas and New Year decorating the float with flowers.
“Soaring Stories” is the universities’ 67th consecutive entry in the annual New Year’s Day parade in Pasadena. During that time, the universities have won more than 50 awards for their floats.
For more information or to volunteer to work on the float, visit www.rosefloat.org.