Cal Poly Pomona will observe Rose Day on Thursday, Dec. 1, with fun-filled activities and a celebration of the unique Rose Float program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in University Park.
There will be games, a photo booth, pie throwing, cotton candy and other sweets, and Rose Float merchandise. The campus community can also learn about float construction, design and decoration.
This year’s float, “A New Leaf,” features a family of giant chameleons exploring their world and is designed, constructed and decorated by students from Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Continuing the team’s tradition of float innovation, this year’s crew has devised a way to make the largest chameleon appear to change colors. The chameleons will move and large dragonflies and vibrant butterflies will flap their wings. Enormous hibiscus flowers will bloom, and a waterfall will cascade down the float.
The 2017 float is the 69th parade entry from the Cal Poly Universities Rose Float team, which has won 57 awards. Their 2016 entry, “Sweet Shenanigans,” which featured enormous gummy bears and giant lollipops, received the Lathrop K. Leishman Award for Most Beautiful Non-Commercial Float.
Students have been working on the float since last summer. As the New Year draws closer, they will work on the float around the clock from Dec. 10 to Dec. 22 at the Rose Float Lab on campus. The biggest need for volunteers will be during Decorations Week from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31, when flowers and other natural materials will be attached to the entry at the float pavilion in Pasadena.
The 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade is scheduled for Jan. 2 and is broadcast around the world. Tens of thousands of people view the parade along its 5.5-mile route through Pasadena.
For more information about the Cal Poly Rose Float or to register as a volunteer for Decorations Week, visit www.rosefloat.org.