How to Get Involved

Get Involved During Fall Quarter!

Fall is an extremely busy time for Cal Poly Rose Float. Construction of the float which started over the summer will continue every Saturday. Come out to a Lab Day on Sept. 24, Oct. 1, or Oct. 8 to join in. Starting Oct. 15, all float work will be done on the Cal Poly Pomona campus; carpools are arranged weekly. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at the bottom of this page to get all the details!

Come hear all about Rose Float at our big informational meeting in the Multi-Activity Center (MAC) at the Cal Poly Recreation Center on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.



Keep the tradition alive by being a Cal Poly Rose Float donor! Material and financial donations from businesses, alumni, family, and supporters allow this student-built float to compete with professionally built floats at a fraction of the budget.

Rose Float is currently seeking the following material donations:


  • Steel box tubes: 1×1, 2×2, 2×3, 2×4, 3×3, 4×4
  • Angle iron
  • Angle grinders
  • Plate steel
  • Steel pencil rod
  • Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) electrodes: 6013, 7018
  • Cutoff and grinding wheels
  • Carving foam
  • Meals for 60+ volunteers during fall quarter
  • Meals for 100+ volunteers during Deco Week
  • Paint
  • Office projector
  • Aluminum screen
  • Plywood or oriented strand board (OSB)
  • Spices and seeds
  • Permanent markers
photo of a cal poly student with flowers for the cal poly rose float

Make a Gift

Gifts to support the general operation of the Cal Poly Rose Float program can be made online through Cal Poly Giving. To specify your gift to Rose Float please indicate “Cal Poly Rose Float” in the “Other” category.

Associated Students, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit corporation, all gifts are tax deductible.


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Student Involvement

Students of all majors and levels of experience are encouraged to get involved. Volunteers are needed year-round to help build, design, and decorate the float.


  • Sculpting
  • Hydraulics
  • Marketing
  • Engine work
  • Event planning
  • Artistic design
  • Welding
  • Business
  • Construction
  • Cooking
  • Agriculture
  • Decorations
  • Horticulture
  • Architecture
  • Electronics
student painting the cal poly rose float

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Contact Information


Rose Float Lab


Coordinator — Rose Float