By Jesse Rosales
The Rose Float team has been hard at work creating this year’s submission to the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
In collaboration with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Pomona volunteers have been constructing and designing this year’s float, titled “A New Leaf,” which was chosen through the annual concept contest put on each year by the members of the Rose Float team.
Construction takes place at the Rose Float lab on campus.
This year’s design features a scene of animated chameleons exploring their world.
The design goes beyond the subjects of the float, explained President of the CPP Rose Float and fifth-year civil engineer Kyle Nelius.
The Rose Float lab is in constant movement and design teams are preparing the plans for the decoration of the float.
Welders are working under the float’s steel skeleton that is beginning to show the bodies of chameleons.
“One cool thing this year is we’re going to try to make it change color,” said Nelius.
The designers have come up with an idea that they hope would achieve the effect of the chameleons changing color only using flowers and vegetation.
What may seem as a difficult task is slowly being chipped away due to CPP’s past achievements in the tournament for honorable mentions such as innovation, humor and animation.
According to Nelius, CPP recently won the Crown City Innovation award for advancing the art of float design.
The past design featured hydraulic moving flowers to create the illusion of a wave.
Nelius went on to explain what judges are looking for in the tournament.
“Decorations is about 85 percent of what judges look for,” said Nelius. “They want to look for how much fresh do you have on the float, how much bold color you have on the float. They like seeing lots of one color.”
There is no shortage of volunteers.
Everyone is welcome to help on the float in any area they choose.
Lara Steinwinter is a second-year marketing student who is on the Rose Float construction team.
“I honestly think that it’s a really valuable experience,” said Steinwinter. “I want to be an imaginer in the future so this honestly just seems like an easy transition.”
Working on the team allows students to gain technical skills in addition to helping create a float that will eventually be seen by millions of people.
Thomas Mutch, a fifth-year mechanical engineering student, is also on the construction team for the float.
“One of our best things is if you don’t know how to weld, solder or anything like a certain skill, we say ‘hey, come out and we’ll teach you day one,'” said Mutch.
Volunteers are not subject to a set schedule and can leave whenever they want, though late nights are common while working on the Rose Float.
Work is usually limited to weekends as well, since most students are attending classes during weekdays and commuting.
Though Nelius acknowledges that most float entries would be done by now, CPP’s float is going according to plan.
Tests are scheduled to ensure the float functions properly and the team hopes to be finished by Dec. 22 and ready to go for the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 2.
Eviana Vergara / The Poly Post
Working on the Rose Parade float
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