Cal Poly’s Rose Parade float makes evening move to Pasadena

Sunday afternoon found Cal Poly students from the Pomona and San Luis Obispo campuses working on the school’s entry in the 2010 Rose Parade."Jungle Cuts," the Pomona and San Luis Obispo students’ 62nd consecutive entry in the parade, will feature wild animals receiving haircuts and makeovers from monkey barbers as a classic barber pole spins near a live-action waterfall.

The Rose float was moved from the Rose Float Lab on the campus to the Brookside decorating tent in Pasadena on Sunday evening.

Cal Poly Pomona President Michael Ortiz and his wife, Betty, were in attendance to christen the float — an annual tradition — before it departed.Engineering, social science, hospitality management majors, among others, were all drawn to the idea of building the float, said Ron Simons, associate vice president of Special Projects for the campus.

In fact some students wanted to work on aspects of the float that had nothing to do with their area of study, he said.

"Everything is brighter on the other side," he said. "Engineering students wanted to work on the floral application and an ornamental horticulture would want to work on hydraulics or mechanics and com arts (communication arts) students would want to work on electronics."

The journey from Pomona to Pasadena took about four hours. The convoy was escorted by a special team of officers from the University Police Department to clear a path and ensure safety.

Simons said the float committee had to obtain permits from every city they pass through in order to drive the float to Pasadena.