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Cal Poly students to be featured in special Tournament of Roses Parade TV segment

2020 Aquatic Aspirations
Posted at 11:16 AM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-29 14:20:37-05

New Year's Eve will look a lot different this year, but you can still count on millions tuning in for the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.

The two-hour TV only special will feature a segment highlighting Cal Poly's float and the process of making it.

A team of about 60 students from San Luis Obispo and Pomona have been working on the school's 73rd float since January.

Their special TV segment will give millions of viewers a look at the behind-the-scenes process, with a combination of interviews, old footage and new footage.

Cal Poly has been participating in the parade since 1949.

The annual Tournament of Roses has only been canceled three other times and that was during the war in 1942, 1943 and 1945.

Cal Poly is selected each year to produce one of the few privately built floats.

“Rose Float is a special program where you are able to be a part of something bigger than yourself,” said Madison Toney, president of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Rose Float team. “It is a 13-month project that in the end is viewed by millions of people around the world. The gratification that you get from being a part of a whole year is spectacular."

The New Year's Day television special will air on KSBY at 8 a.m.