FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2015

Contact: Jay Thompson
805-756-5186; jthomp04@calpoly.edu

Volunteers Sought to Decorate Cal Poly Universities’ Tournaments of Roses Parade Float in Pasadena, Dec. 26-30

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Organizers of Cal Poly Universities’ Tournament of Roses Parade float are seeking volunteers to help decorate the 2016 entry during the annual Deco Week, held Dec. 26-30 in Pasadena.

It’s a unique opportunity to work with Cal Poly float builders, university alumni and community members to create a piece of art that will be on display to the world. Hundreds of volunteers will be needed every day.

Four-hour shifts are available each day between 8:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. (8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 30) at the Brookside Pavilion, located on the south side of the Rose Bowl Stadium. All ages are welcome.

“Sweet Shenanigans” is the only student-made float among 44 colorful entries that will roll down Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day. It’s the 68th consecutive year that the universities have teamed up to design and build a float.

It features 5- to 8-foot colorful gummy bears enjoying a snow day in an ice cream wonderland, amid towering waffle cone mountains, a frozen lake and lollipop forest.

The float will be covered with up to 400,000 flowers, from roses, Gerbera daisies and chrysanthemums, as well as seeds, tree bark, seaweed and crushed nutshells — all of which must be applied by hand.

Volunteers should sign up online at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cal-poly-rose-float-decorations-week-1227-registration-18804604077. The team is suggesting a $1 donation per person to participate in the decorating process.

For more details, visit http://www.asi.calpoly.edu/university_union/rose_float.

Photo information:

Rose Float — Students and volunteers decorates the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade float during last year’s Deco Week in Pasadena. It’s a sprint to the finish to apply literally hundreds of thousands of flowers and floral decorations during Dec. 26-30. The 127th annual parade is held New Year’s Day.

Rose-Float-Sigley — Dylan Sigley, a mechanical engineering student at Cal Poly, decorates the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade float during last year’s Deco Week in Pasadena. It’s a sprint to the finish to apply the floral decorations during Dec. 26-30.

Photos by Tom Zasadzinski, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

 

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