Cal Poly Rose Float

Join the tradition.

Since 1949, students from San Luis Obispo and Pomona have worked together to create the joint Cal Poly Universities float. The float is an annual tradition carried on by Cal Poly students. Gain a true Learn by Doing experience through helping to design and build the only student-built float in the Rose Parade.

The Rose Float Lab and Office are open to Leadership Team members only with new procedures in place in response to COVID-19. Learn more.

Learn More about the timeline of the Cal Poly Rose Float

Rose Float Timeline

Students and volunteers work year-round to make the Cal Poly Rose Float experience a reality.

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Cal Poly Rose Float

View Past Projects & Awards

For more than 70 years, the Cal Poly Universities Rose Float has cruised down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. Explore past floats and award wins!

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The Lab

Visit the on-campus lab and office to see where ideas happen and visions come to life.

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Get Involved

Volunteers are needed year-round to help build, design, and decorate the float. Find out how you can get involved today!


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Contact Information

General Contact

Rose Float Office

Josh D’Acquisto

Coordinator - Rose Float