Cal Poly Universities Rose Float

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Every year Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo jointly build and enter a floral entry (aka float) into the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Rose Parade. These two institutions have continuously participated in the parade 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, the first use of fiber optics in 1982, and animated deco in 2014. As of January 1, 2016, the floats have won 56 awards. This program is one of the longest consecutive running self-built[1] entries in the parade, as well as the only "self built" float designed and constructed entirely by students year-round on two campuses. They compete against professional float builders who manufacture entries for sponsors, many of them with development budgets approaching $1 million.[2] This tradition continues today and marks the partnership between the two campuses.

Information on how the Cal Poly Universities were first invited to the parade can be found on the Special Collections History page (see External Link Section below). Stories, pictures and videos of the Cal Poly student adventures can be found on our unofficial documentary YouTube site (see External Link Section below). Road & Track magazine did a road test of the Cal Poly Universities Rose Float as part of their annual April issue of unusual vehicles.[3]

History[edit]

List of Cal Poly Rose Floats[edit]

Entry # Year Title Photo[4] Rendering[5] Hi-res Video[6] Float Of The Week[7] Award[8]
69
2017
A New Leaf
TBD
Cal Poly Rendering 2017
TBD
68
2016
Sweet Shenanigans
Cal Poly Float 2016
Cal Poly Rendering 2016
2016 Hi-Res
Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy [9]
67
2015
Soaring Stories
Cal Poly Float 2015
Cal Poly Rendering 2015
2015 Hi-Res
Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy [10]
66
2014
Bedtime Buccaneers
Cal Poly Float 2014
Cal Poly Rendering 2014
2014 Hi-Res
2014 FOTW
Crown City Innovation Trophy [11]
65
2013
Tuxedo Air
Cal Poly Float 2013
Cal Poly Rendering 2013
2013 Hi-Res
Bob Hope Humor Trophy
64
2012
To the Rescue!
Cal Poly Float 2012
Cal Poly Rendering 2012
2012 Hi-Res
KTLA Favorite Float Award
63
2011
Galactic Expedition
Cal Poly Float 2011
Cal Poly Rendering 2011
2011 Hi-Res
Fantasy Trophy /
Viewers' Choice Award[12]
62
2010
Jungle Cuts
Cal Poly Float 2010
Cal Poly Rendering 2010
2010 Hi-Res
Bob Hope Humor Trophy /
Viewers' Choice Award[13]
61
2009
Seaside Amusement
Cal Poly Float 2009
Cal Poly Rendering 2009
2009 Hi-Res
Viewers' Choice Award[14]
60
2008
Guardians of Harmony
Cal Poly Float 2008
Cal Poly Rendering 2008
2008 Hi-Res
Fantasy Trophy
59
2007
Arctic Antics
Cal Poly Float 2007
Cal Poly Rendering 2007
2007 Hi-Res
No award won
58
2006
Enchanted Reverie
Cal Poly Float 2006
Cal Poly Rendering 2006
2006 Hi-Res
No award won
57
2005
Elefun Time
Cal Poly Float 2005
Cal Poly Rendering 2005
2005 Hi-Res
No award won
56
2004
Bob's Barnacle Band
Cal Poly Float 2004
Cal Poly Rendering 2004
2004 Hi-Res
Founder's Trophy
55
2003
A Sundae Afternoon
Cal Poly Float 2003
Cal Poly Rendering 2003
2003 Hi-Res
Theme Prize
54
2002
Birthday Blowout
Cal Poly Float 2002
Cal Poly Rendering 2002
2002 Hi-Res
No award won
53
2001
A Grizzly Situation
Cal Poly Float 2001
Cal Poly Rendering 2001
2001 Hi-Res
Founder's Trophy
52
2000
Stolen Time
Cal Poly Float 2000
Cal Poly Rendering 2000
2000 Hi-Res
Humor Trophy
51
1999
Surfin' the Net
Cal Poly Float 1999
Cal Poly Rendering 1999
1999 Hi-Res
No award won
50
1998
Countryside Joyride
Cal Poly Float 1998
Cal Poly Rendering 1998
1998 Hi-Res
Founders Trophy
49
1997
Catch of the Day
Cal Poly Float 1997
Cal Poly Rendering 1997
1997 Hi-res
Founders Trophy
48
1996
Thumbs Up
Cal Poly Float 1996
Cal Poly Rendering 1996
1996 Hi-res
No award won
47
1995
Bending the Rules
Cal Poly Float 1995
Cal Poly Rendering 1995
1995 Hi-res
No award won
46
1994
A Novel Adventure
Cal Poly Float 1994
Cal Poly Rendering 1994
1994 Hi-res
No award won
45
1993
Hare Raising Fun
Cal Poly Float 1993
Cal Poly Rendering 1993
1993 Hi-res
1993 FOTW
No award won
44
1992
Squeaking By
Cal Poly Float 1992
Cal Poly Rendering 1992
1992 Hi-res
No award won
43
1991
Tickle Attack
Cal Poly Float 1991
Cal Poly Rendering 1991
1991 Hi-res
Humor Trophy
42
1990
Sound Waves
Cal Poly Float 1990
Cal Poly Rendering 1990
1990 Hi-res
No award won
41
1989
Paradin' Around
Cal Poly Float 1989
Cal Poly Rendering 1989
1989 Hi-Res
Founder's Trophy
40
1988
Imagine That
Cal Poly Float 1988
Cal Poly Rendering 1988
1988 Hi-Res
Founder's Trophy
39
1987
Breaking the Ice
Cal Poly Float 1987
Cal Poly Rendering 1987
1987 Hi-res
1987 FOTW
No award won
38
1986
Bubble Trouble
Cal Poly Float 1986
Cal Poly Rendering 1986
1986 Hi-res
Founder's Trophy
37
1985
Only in America
Cal Poly Float 1985
Cal Poly Rendering 1985
1985 Hi-res
No award won
36
1984
A Knight to Remember
Cal Poly Float 1984
Cal Poly Rendering 1984
1984 Hi-res
No award won
35
1983
While the Cat's at Play
Cal Poly Float 1983
Cal Poly Rendering 1983
1983 Hi-res
Princess Award
34
1982
Way Out Welcome
Cal Poly Float 1982
Cal Poly Rendering 1982
1982 Hi-res
Princess Award
33
1981
Snow Poke
Cal Poly Float 1981
Cal Poly Rendering 1981
1981 Hi-res
1st Class H
32
1980
Hard Rock
Cal Poly Float 1980
Cal Poly Rendering 1980
1980 Hi-res
Founder's Trophy
31
1979
Cub O'War
Cal Poly Float 1979
Cal Poly Rendering 1979
1979 Hi-res
Princess Award
30
1978
Grin And Bear It
Cal Poly Float 1978
Cal Poly Rendering 1978
1978 Hi-res
1st Class H
29
1977
Tons Of Fun
Cal Poly Float 1977
Cal Poly Rendering 1977
1977 Hi-res
Princess Award
28
1976
High Hopes
Cal Poly Float 1976
Cal Poly Rendering 1976
1976 Hi-res
Founder's Trophy
27
1975
Building A Better Mousetrap
Cal Poly Float 1975
Cal Poly Rendering 1975
1975 Hi-res
Princess Award
26
1974
Happiness Is Finding A Friend
Cal Poly Float 1974
Cal Poly Rendering 1974
1974 Hi-res
Theme Prize
25
1973
Monster Matinee
Cal Poly Float 1973
Cal Poly Rendering 1973
1973 Hi-res
1st Class H
24
1972
Swamp Rhythm
Cal Poly Float 1972
Cal Poly Rendering 1972
1972 Hi-res
Mayor's Trophy
23
1971
Once Upon A Dream
Cal Poly Float 1971
Cal Poly Rendering 1971
1971 Hi-res
Judges' Special
22
1970
That First Day Of Spring
Cal Poly Float 1970
1970 Hi-res
Princess Award
21
1969
The Good Ole Days
Cal Poly Float 1969
Cal Poly Rendering 1969
1969 Hi-res
Princess Award
20
1968
The Mouse That Got Away
Cal Poly Float 1968
Cal Poly Rendering 1968
1968 Hi-res
1968 FOTW
Princess Award
19
1967
A Child's Fantasy
Cal Poly Float 1967
Cal Poly Rendering 1967
1967 Hi-res
Mayor's Trophy
18
1966
It's A Child's World
Cal Poly Float 1966
Cal Poly Rendering 1966
1966 Hi-res
Judges' Special
17
1965
Good News Travels Fast
Cal Poly Float 1965
Cal Poly Rendering 1965
1965 Hi-res
1st Class H
16
1964
Cutting The Apron Strings
Cal Poly Float 1964
Cal Poly Rendering 1964
1964 Hi-res
1st Class H
15
1963
A Young Man's Fancy
Cal Poly Float 1963
Cal Poly Rendering 1963
1963 Hi-res
1st Class H
14
1962
Man On The Moon
Cal Poly Float 1962
Cal Poly Rendering 1962
1962 Hi-res
1962 FOTW
1st Class H
13
1961
Slow Boat To China
Cal Poly Float 1961
Cal Poly Rendering 1961
1961 Hi-res
1st Class H
12
1960
Special Delivery
Cal Poly Float 1960
Cal Poly Rendering 1960
1960 Hi-res
1st Class H
11
1959
St. George And The Dragon
Cal Poly Float 1959
Cal Poly Rendering 1959
1959 Hi-res
1959 FOTW
Theme Prize
10
1958
Summer Daze
Cal Poly Float 1958
Cal Poly Rendering 1958
1958 Hi-res
2nd Class H
9
1957
Which Was First? The Chicken or the Egg?
Cal Poly Float 1957
Cal Poly Rendering 1957
1957 Hi-res
Theme Prize
8
1956
Steps To Peace
Cal Poly Float 1956
Cal Poly Rendering 1956
1956 Hi-res
1st Class H
7
1955
The Sky's The Limit
Cal Poly Float 1955
Cal Poly Rendering 1955
1955 Hi-res
2nd Class H
6
1954
Gulliver's Travels
Cal Poly Float 1954
Cal Poly Rendering 1954
1954 Hi-res
1st Class H
5
1953
Mission Bells
Cal Poly Float 1953
1953 Hi-res
3rd Class H
4
1952
A Free World Through Education
Cal Poly Float 1952
1952 Hi-res
1st Class H
3
1951
College Barn Dance
Cal Poly Float 1951
1951 Hi-res
1st Class H
2
1950
New Frontiers
Cal Poly Float 1950
1950 Hi-res
1950 FOTW
3rd Class H
1
1949
Rocking Horse
Cal Poly Float 1949
1949 Hi-res
1949 FOTW
Award of Merit

Awards[edit]

Since 1949 the floats have won 56 trophies.

Trophy Trophy Description Wins Winning Years
Award of Merit Depicting the highest level of Merit 1 1949
Bob Hope Humor Trophy & 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 2 2015, 2016
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 & KTLA Favorite Float Award Viewers favorite Rose Parade float poll (KTLA) 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

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