By Justin Velasco
Members of the Cal Poly Rose Float Committee and Club displayed
the fruit of their labors on Thursday, Dec. 3, when they unveiled
the float to the public for the first time.
The float emerged from the warehouse on Citrus Lane where it was
constructed and was parked in front of the Library as part of Rose
Day. The event, which ran from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in
University Park, offered a sneak peek at the unfinished float and
served as a way to build enthusiasm for the project.
Rose Day included attractions such as free face painting, a hoop
shooting challenge, a raffle, food, information booths, a canned
food drive, and the chance to see the parts of the float that are
normally covered with flowers.
The float, resembling an enormous blob of yellow foam, drew
quizzical looks from some passers-by. However, the metal portions
of the the structure plainly displayed features yet to come,
including the zebra and giraffe that will eventually appear on the
Jose Martinez, a fourth-year management and human resources
student, said he was impressed by what he saw.
“It’s pretty amazing,” he said. “I like the detail on the
welding. I can’t wait to see it on TV.”
President Michael Ortiz also dropped by for a visit and said it
looked like the project was ahead of schedule.
Ortiz said he and his family traditionally take part in the
process of attaching flowers to the float, which occurs during
Decoration Week from Dec. 26 to 31.
“We’re there every year,” he said. “We’ll be there putting
flowers on and preparing flowers to be put on.”
Ortiz said he and his family will also attend the parade on New
“We haven’t missed on yet,” he said.
Johnathan Jianu, the public relations chair for the committee
and a third-year mechanical engineering student, said before
decoration can begin, there is still a little more mechanical and
engine work to be done. On Dec. 20, the float will be driven from
Pomona to Pasadena, a trip Jianu said will take three to four hours
and require a police escort.
“Our max speed is 15 mph and we can only take side streets,” he
Committee Chair Kevin Hsu, an electrical and computer
engineering technology student, said the journey always draws
rubberneckers and even people who try to come up and touch the
float while it is moving.
Both Jianu and Hsu said they were pleased with the day’s
turnout. At final count, the event had raised $277 for the float
and club members were able to collect 275 canned goods for their
For more information about upcoming Rose Float events or how to
volunteer for Decoration Week, visit www.cpprosefloat.org.
Paul Rosales/Poly Post
Campus gets sneak peek at Rose Float
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