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Cal Poly Rose Float

Cal Poly Rose Float is an annual program which builds a rose float that is displayed on the morning of every January 1st during the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, California. Two public universities sponsor this joint venture, the California Polytechnic State Universities of San Luis Obispo and Pomona. These two institutions have continuously participated in the tournament of roses parade since 1949; winning the Award of Merit in their first year. The Cal Poly floats have led in introducing technology to the Parade, including the first use of hydraulics for animation in 1968, the first use of computer-controlled animation in 1978, the first use of fiber optics in the 1982, and the first use of animated decorations in the 2014 entry. As of January 1, 2015, the floats have won 55 awards. This program is one of the longest consecutive running self-built entries in the parade, as well as the only "self built" float designed and constructed entirely by students year-round on both campuses. This tradition continues today and marks the partnership between the two campuses.