Cal Poly Pomona at the 2017 Rose Parade "A New Leaf" Wins the Founders' Trophy

Covered in more than 60,000 fresh flowers and other natural material, the float built by students at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo won the Founder’s Trophy for the most beautiful built by volunteers from a community or organization. The 27-foot long yellow chameleon was nicknamed Heidi for her color-changing stripes.
To achieve the chameleons' bumpy reptilian texture, the students used more than 20,000 button mums, citrus and red onion. Their eyes were covered in a variety of dried material including blue corn, yellow split pea, mung beans, cranberry seeds, millet, Bougainvillea and statice. The tiered base held more than 10,000 roses and 8,000 gerber daisies. The plumeria were topped with coconut and strawflower.
With a height of 27 feet, the Cal Poly Rose Float towered over the parade route. All of the lizards had moving eyes. Chomper is the happy purple chameleon exploring the world and learning by doing on the back of the float.
Students on both campuses work all year to create the float. One half is started in San Luis Obispo, the other in Pomona. In October, the two halves are joined at the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Float Lab where construction is completed. The float then is towed to Pasadena for floral decoration.
Flowers and natural materials are added by hundreds of volunteers during Deco Week in Pasadena. Rocky's flowers are augmented with limes, oranges and grapefruit. During the parade, animatronics enabled Rocky to move back and forth during the parade.
The pace picked up during Deco Week as dried materials are added and fresh flowers are delivered and processed. Thousands of flowers are glues to the float while thousands of more fragile blooms have to be individually put in vials of water before being added to the float.

Made with Adobe Slate

Make your words and images move.

Get Slate

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.