Cal Poly Universities Rose Float
The Cal Poly Universities Tournament of Roses Parade Float or Cal Poly Rose Float is a yearly program which builds a rose float that is displayed on the morning of every January 1 during the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Two public universities sponsor this joint venture, the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) located in San Luis Obispo and the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) in Pomona. These two institutions have continuously participated in the tournament since 1949; winning the Award of Merit in their first year. The Cal Poly floats have led in introducing technology to the Parade, including the first use of hydraulics for animation in 1968, the first use of computer-controlled animation in 1978, and the first use of fiber optics in the 1982 entry. As of January 1, 2015, the floats have won 55 awards. This program is one of the longest consecutive running self-built entries in the parade, as well as the only "self built" float designed and constructed entirely by students year-round on both campuses. They compete against professional float builders who manufacture entries for their sponsors, many of them with development budgets approaching $1 million. This tradition continues today and marks the partnership between the two campuses.
List of Cal Poly Rose Floats
Since 1949 the floats have won 55 trophies.
|Trophy||Trophy Description||Wins||Winning Years|
|Award of Merit||Depicting the highest level of Merit||1||1949|
|Bob Hope Humor Award/Humor Trophy||Most comical and amusing, Best display of Humor||4||1991, 2000, 2010, 2013|
|Crown City Innovation Trophy||Best Use of Imagination & Innovation to Advance the Art of Float Design||1||2014|
|Fantasy Trophy||Most Outstanding Display of Fantasy & Imagination||2||2008, 2011|
|Founder's Trophy||Most outstanding self-decorated entry.||9||1976, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004|
|Judges' Special||Most Spectacular in Showmanship & Dramatic Impact||2||1966, 1971|
|Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy||Most beautiful non-commercial float||1||2015|
|Mayor's Trophy||Best display of Originality||2||1967, 1972|
|Princess Award||Best Display of Animation (until 1984)||8||1968, 1969, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1983|
|Theme Prize||Most fitting presentation of theme||4||1957, 1959, 1974, 2003|
|Viewers' Choice Trophy||Viewers favorite Rose Parade float poll.||4||2009, 2010, 2011, 2012|
|1st Class H||1st Place - Educational division||13||1951, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1981|
|2nd Class H||2nd Place - Educational division||2||1955, 1958|
|3rd Class H||3rd Place - Educational division||2||1950, 1953|
|4th Class H||4th Place - Educational division||0||Never Won|
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