Rose Float

Express your creative talents while representing Cal Poly in a long-standing University tradition. Students decide on an original float theme and manage the entire project. From design and mechanics to construction and decoration, Rose Float is an unforgettable hands-on experience for student volunteers.

2015 Cal Poly Universities rose float
Winner of the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy
the Rose Float volunteers
Detail of the griphon
students and volunteers working on the Rose Float during Deco Week
Soaring Stories detail on front of float

Sign-ups for Deco Week are open! Visit our volunteer registration site to register.

If you are looking for group registration (more than 8+) please email the RF Deco Week Group at

The Tournament of Roses requires a waiver to be signed at the Cal Poly tent before entering the decorating area.
This year, Cal Poly is requesting a $1 donation per person to participate in the decorating process.

Deco Week


Rose Float Office
1 Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0675
Building 65, Room 111F
Phone: (805) 756-1268
Email Rose Float

students work on rose float decorations during deco week

Deco week is held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on December 26th and ending on December 31st. Decorating starts early in the morning, around 8 a.m., and ends at about 10 p.m., sometimes later. All ages are welcome to decorate, however younger children should have an adult with them at all times. Children under sixteen will not be allowed to work on scaffolding but can assist in all other aspects of float decorating.

two students working on the 2012 rose float