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Finishing touches being put on Cal Poly’s Rose Parade float

Posted at 11:07 AM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2019-01-01 12:16:02-05

The float titled “Far Out Frequencies” will head down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena New Year’s Day during the Tournament of Roses Parade, now in its 130th year.

The float, Cal Poly’s 71st entry into the parade, features a pair of astronauts and other animated alien friends on another planet communicating through music to go along with the parade’s theme, “The Melody of Life.”

This year’s design was chosen by the Cal Poly Rose Float team from among 150 entries.

Students and community volunteers have been in Pasadena for the last week working to cover the float with flowers, about 90 percent of which are grown in California.

Look for the float, one of 44 in the parade, adorned with 7,000 roses, 7,200 Gerbera daisies, 3,200 irises, 200 red cabbages along with white cushion mums and button mums, according to Cal Poly.

Cal Poly has earned 57 awards with its entries, “including the 2018 Past President award honoring the most outstanding innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materials.”

Judges were out inspecting this year’s float Saturday afternoon. The winners have not yet been announced.

Judges inspect Cal Poly's 2019 Rose Parade float in Pasadena. (Cal Poly Pomona)
Judges inspect Cal Poly’s 2019 Rose Parade float in Pasadena. (Cal Poly Pomona)


Nearly 100 students from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly Pomona worked together on the self-built float. Work started on the float in San Luis Obispo in July before it headed to Pomona in mid-October.

The parade will air on KSBY Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m.

Rendering by Brandon Schmiedeberg, courtesy of Cal Poly Rose Float