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Cal Poly float wins award at Rose Parade

The California Polytechnic Universities float, "Bedtime Buccaneers," appears in the 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
The California Polytechnic Universities float, "Bedtime Buccaneers," appears in the 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Associated Press

The Cal Poly Universities float — a joint creation of students from the San Luis Obispo and Pomona campuses — once again took home an award at the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.

Titled “Bedtime Buccaneers,” the float received the Crown City Innovation Award, given to the entry with the best use of imagination and innovation to advance the art of float design.

In line with the parade’s “Dreams Come True” theme, the float depicted two pajama-clad kids leading a sea-going treasure hunt aboard a bed that has been converted into a pirate ship, complete with cannons, a sail, and a crew of pets and stuffed animals.

The float featured animation that made blue flowers in the “water” at the front and back move with a ripple effect. It’s the first float to use animation in this way, according to a news release from Cal Poly.

The float also was the only entry in the parade to be certified as “California Grown,” meaning at least 85 percent of the flowers came from the state.

“Bedtime Buccaneers” was the 66th consecutive collaboration between the universities and was the only entry entirely designed and built by students.

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