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.

2023 Float Theme

Cal Poly Rose Float

Cal Poly Universities’ 2024 Float Theme — Celebrating a World of Music: The Universal Language

The theme for the 2024 Tournament of Roses Parade sponsored by Honda has been announced and the Rose Float team is hard at work on their new design. Stay tuned for the announcement in September!


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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Rose Float Student Leadership

Beck Kiely

Construction Chair

Collin Marfia

Vice President

Jeremiah Lee

SLO Operations Chair

Jordan D’Acquisto

SLO Design Chair

Quinn Akemon


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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