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 suggesting a $1 donation per person to participate in the decorating process.
Deco Week is an exciting time of the year for the Cal Poly Rose Float. Volunteers have the unique opportunity to work side by side with fellow students, alumni, and thousands of community members at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to create a piece of art that will be on display to the world. All ages are welcome to decorate, however younger children should have an adult with them at all times. Children under 16 will not be allowed to work on scaffolding but can assist in all other aspects of float decorating. Below is everything volunteers would want or need to know about committing a day or a week of their life to glue seeds and flowers!
What you need to bring to Deco Week
1. Food and water. There are also vendors near the tents selling food and drinks.
2. Layers of warm clothing: pants, long-sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, scarf, beanie, gloves, thermals, etc. Despite the fact that Pasadena is located in "Sunny California," it gets really cold during Deco week.
3. Make sure to wear your work clothes. Glue and flowers are permanently stuck on to clothing after Deco week. It is inevitable. We recommend jeans and cotton t-shirts.
4. Closed toed shoes are a must. This is a safety precaution and not to mention we don’t want your feet to get cold!
Rules to follow while participating in Deco Week
1. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
2. Ask how to complete a task if you are not sure. We want it done right the first time.
3. Don't refuse to do a job. Each job is equally important to the completion of the float.
4. Clean up after yourself. Return your materials to the Deco trailer, wash off your glue filled paint brush, and clean up fallen material in your area.
5. Be aware of who is decorating around you. This prevents materials from being dropped on someone's head.
6. To decorate on the float or on the scaffolding, you must be 16 years of age.
7. No horse play... for obvious reasons.
8. Be respectful of other volunteers and the leadership team directing the decoration process.
9. Have Fun!
1. The Cal Poly Universities will also be selling memorabilia such as postcards, pins, patches, hats, scarves, t-shirts, polo’s, tote bags, and sweatshirts.
2. There are designated leaders of the various areas of decoration; you will be directed to an area leader upon your arrival and check-in. If you have any questions and this individual is not around, please ask someone else who is wearing a nametag.
Though this is a family friendly event, the environment and tasks at hand are not conducive for children under 6 years old. Children 6 to 12 years old may engage in some decorating activities for short periods of time that we find appropriate with full parental supervision. Ultimately we find these tasks don’t hold their attention past 40 minutes. In order to decorate on the float or on the scaffolding, you must be 16 years of age due to insurance requirements.