Do you love to sketch, tell stories or draw fanciful images? Have you ever wanted to design something really big? Are you passionate about education and its life-changing impact?
The concept contest for the 2021 Cal Poly Universities Rose Float is now open, and your idea could be brought to life. The winner will receive two Rose Bowl tickets or $500.
The 2021 parade theme is “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” It celebrates education’s ability to open doors, open minds and change lives.
“Education paves the path to success with a world of opportunities achieved through knowledge, compassion and determination. Education is the great equalizer,” said Robert B. Miller, president of the 2021 Tournament of Roses. “As a community college educator, I have seen firsthand the life-changing miracle that education provides. As students visualize their future, education becomes the bridge to accomplish their aspirations and transform lives for generations to come.”
Contest entries should be a black and white sketch, with a maximum size of 11 inches by 17 inches and should illustrate or describe an idea rather than a finished design. Animation ideas are welcome.
Submissions should include the contestant’s name, phone number and email address on the back of the entry. Digital copies should be emailed to CalPolyRoseFloat1949@gmail.com, with the subject line “2021 Concept.” Hand-drawn designs should be delivered to Cal Poly Rose Float, Cal Poly Pomona, Building 26A (near the old stables and University Park), Pomona, CA 91768.
The deadline is Thursday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.
Cal Poly Universities’ Rose Floats are known for colorful characters, animation and beauty. Once a design is finalized, students from Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo collaborate to build the float from the chassis and animation mechanisms to the superstructure and elements.
Recent awards include the including the 2020 Director’s Award for the most outstanding artistic design and use of floral and non-floral materials and the 2019 Extraordinaire Award, with aliens and astronauts celebrating music as a language for all.