Cal Poly Rose Float Seeks Design Ideas for 2023 Rose Parade Entry

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Rose Float is looking for design ideas for its entry in the 134th Rose Parade®.

The winner of the 2023 Rose Float Concept Contest will have their design showcased in front of a crowd of 700,000 Pasadena parade goers and an international television audience in the tens of millions. The winner also will have a choice between two tickets to the 2023 Rose Bowl football game or $500.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4. The winning concept will roll down the 5.5-mile-long parade route Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. (The parade traditionally takes place on New Year’s Day but is held on Jan. 2 in years when New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday.)

The 2023 parade theme is “Turning the Corner.” Whether it’s an actual corner or figurative one like the unlimited potential that the new year brings, “Turning the Corner” offers a fresh start and an opportunity to rise above past challenges — alone, with family or friends, or an entire community. All share in the hope, beauty and expectations of what 2023 portends.

Email submissions, with the subject line “2023 Concept,” to Sketches can be in color or black and white and should not exceed 11 inches by 17 inches. Entries must include the applicant’s name, phone number and email. There is no limit to the number of entries an individual can submit.

Students on the Rose Float leadership teams from Cal Poly and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona will review the submissions and vote on the winning concept, which will provide the basis for the 2023 final design.

The Cal Poly Rose Float is the only student-built float in the Rose Parade®. The students’ Stargrazers float, which brought to life a scene from the classic Mother Goose rhyme “Hey Diddle, Diddle,” received the Animation Award at this year’s parade. It was the program’s 61st honor in 73 parade appearances beginning in 1949.

For questions or more information, contact: Josh D’Acquisto at (805) 756-1182 or, or Cary Khatab at (909) 869-3204 or

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About Cal Poly
Founded in 1901 and part of the renowned California State University system since 1960, Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive polytechnic public university located in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Known for its Learn by Doing approach, small class sizes and open access to expert faculty, Cal Poly is a distinctive learning community whose 22,000 academically motivated students enjoy an unrivaled hands-on educational experience that prepares them to lead successful personal and professional lives. For more information, visit

About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®
The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that hosts America’s New Year Celebration® with the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® presented by Capital One Venture X, and a variety of accompanying events. More than 900 volunteer members of the association drove the success of 133st Rose Parade themed “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” presented by Honda on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, followed by the 108th Rose Bowl Game, presented by Capital One Venture X. Visit for more information.

Feb. 2, 2022
Contact: Josh D’Acquisto
(805) 756-1182;

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