The theme for this float was chosen by the joint Cal Poly Universities (Pomona and San Luis Obispo) leadership teams from over 80 entries submitted in a contest open to all students and the public. The concept was chosen for its public appeal, technical challenges and opportunities, and representation of both the Parade theme and the spirit of the builders.
"Seaside Amusement" is a traditional example of friends and family sharing summer fun. It pays homage to the great American boardwalks that have stood the test of time and continue to entertain the generations. This classical entertainment park depicts the era of timeless wooden roller coasters, original carousels, electric bumper cars and entertaining fairway games, combined with the feel of a boardwalk beneath the feet and ocean spray on the face. Cal Poly's nostalgic interpretation of the Parade theme, "Hats Off to Entertainment," is sure to capture both the memories and the imagination of all who view it.
In search of inspiration for designing and creating this float, members of the Rose Float team comprised of students from both the Cal Poly Pomona and San Luis Obispo campuses traveled up to the popular Santa Cruz, California, boardwalk for a day of exploring exciting new ideas, while also enjoying old-fashioned team bonding. This theme is something that everyone can relate to and have fond memories of - whether during their childhood, or later in life with good friends.
Ronald R. Simons
Height: Height: max 22.5' (the parachute drop lowers to 16.5' to clear the 210 Freeway bridge)
Length: 45' main pod + 2 x 5' bumper car satellites = 55' total length
The aspiration and focus for this year's float design was to recreate the years' past amusement parks of the earlier 20th Century era. This theme park isn't a contemporary, high-octane, super-charged theme park as exists today - but rather a tradition from the days of elaborate classical wooden roller coasters, hand-carved carousels and two-seater ferris wheels. Bumper cars also play a major role in this float design as one of the longer running and most successful flat rides in the amusement park industry. Other integral components to the concept of this float are the beach details, including sandcastles, surfboards, sea-land creatures, fairway games and a classical pipe organ.
"Seaside Amusement" depicts a traditional scene of family and friends delighting in the wonders of spending a day along the boardwalk at the amusement park.
Roller Coaster: ground sweet rice will be used for the supports and dark cranberry seeds will be used on the track. Using these decorating materials allows the shades and colors to match that of a vintage roller coaster.
Ferris Wheel: Utilizes a variety of shades of yellow strawflowers blended to decorate the wheel star and to give the impression of the sun.
Parachute Drop: Decorated in various dry materials.
Boardwalk: Covered in crushed walnut to give the natural wood color and onion seed between the planks to give the appearance there are spaces between the wood showing to the ground below.
Sand: Developed by mixing bran and wheat seeds to replicate the natural color and texture of sand.
Mums: Approximately 18,500
Carnations: Approximately 3,500
Other floral decorations to include:
lettuce seeds, parsley, flax seed, sweet rice, various colors of dry statice flower, bougainvillea, cauliflower seeds and crushed walnut.