Rose Float searching for 2019 concept

By Christina Berberian

Have you ever admired a float in a parade and wondered what goes into designing it?

The Cal Poly Universities Rose Parade Float Team wants Cal Poly Pomona students designs for the 2019 entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

The theme for this year’s parade is “The Melody of Life.”

“The team is looking for a design that integrates music and how it is the universal language,” said Jerica Hurtado, President of the Cal Poly Rose Float Team.

“We want an original design idea with a musical undertone.”

Any student, or even a friend or sibling of a student, is welcome to submit an original concept for consideration.

Hand drawn submissions can be black and white or colored drawings. Design entries should illustrate the design of the float, rather than describing the idea.

Digital entries are also accepted.

These entries can be submitted to

Hurtado explains that if you cannot draw yourself but have an original design idea, you could describe it to a friend and have them draw it for you.

Gerald Freeny has been named the President of this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade and was part of the team that created the 2019 Parade theme.

“Rhythm, melody, harmony and color all come together to create the soundtrack that defines our lives,” said Freeny when describing the choice for this year’s parade theme.

There is a prize for the winner of the chosen design.

Along with having the honor of your own design being built as a float in a parade, the winner will receive $500 or two Rose Bowl tickets.

After receiving all the design idea entries, the CPP Rose Float Team sift through and deliberate about each one.

Later, the team will go to San Luis Obispo to decide the final choice.

“We go to SLO to talk about what we want in the theme, and go from there,” said Hurtado.

After voting for their favorite entries, the team will select a final few to take to the Tournament of Roses officials in order to ask for approval.

If the officials approve The Rose Float team’s first choice, then that will become the official design for the 2019 float.

The final design will be brought to life in a way like no other.

The Tournament of Roses Parade takes place on New Years Day, January 1, 2019.

The floats go down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena as visitors from all over America watch in awe.

This will be the 130th Tournament of Roses Parade.

This year will be the Cal Poly University’s 71st entry into the Tournament.

This longstanding tradition is a way to bring together engineering and creativity in order to accomplish something that people will remember.

The Cal Poly University float entries have accumulated an astounding 58 awards over the years.

Most recently in the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade, the Cal Poly float was awarded the Past Presidents Trophy for most outstanding innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materials.

The float is built in the Rose Float Lab.

Cal Poly students and volunteers build parts of the float over the course of the year.

As the day of the parade gets closer, the flowers will be placed in the float.

Then the float will finally make its way down to Pasadena.

It will be seen by the thousands in the stands and be broadcasted all over America.

The deadline for design submissions is Friday, February 9 at 5 p.m.

The 2018 Float "Dreams Take Flight" was named to represent the theme of Making A Difference

Chelsea Mazer / The Poly Post

The 2018 Float “Dreams Take Flight” was named to represent the theme of Making A Difference

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