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Cal Poly students featured in national TV special

Posted at 4:49 PM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 01:43:57-05

Cal Poly students took the spotlight Friday morning in a national TV special by the Tournament of Roses in place of the annual New Year's Day parade.

The Cal Poly Rose Float Program has been a tradition for 73 years.

Sixty students from the Cal Poly campuses in San Luis Obispo and Pomona teamed up in January 2020 to create a spectacular float.

Friday morning audiences learned about the yearlong student-run process of designing, building and decorating the float.

"San Luis Obispo takes their piece, loads it on a truck and it takes about four hours to drive it all the way down to Pomona. Then, once it arrives in Pomona, the big moment comes where San Luis Obispo's half and Pomona's half come together. It's a very nerve-racking process because we don't know if either of them are going to fit," explained one student in the special.

The team is optimistic their float will eventually roll down Colorado Blvd.