- Posted December 31, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Impact Your World
Rose Parade Floats: Cal Poly keeping it local
Last week I had submitted an iReport about some of the floats being built for the upcoming Tournament of Roses Parade. It was a featured report that received several thousand views. Among the viewers was a representative of the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC). This CCFC representative invited me to come down to the Rose Bowl Stadium where the Cal Poly Universities float entry was being decorated. She also provided some background information about the Cal Poly float and why it was an important float in this year's Rose Parade.
It seems that 80% of the flowers used on a vast majority of the floats are imported; mostly from South America. The exceptions to this are the floats entered by Cal Poly Universities and the City of South Pasadena.
California flower farmers and The California Cut Flower Commission worked with Cal Poly Universities and the City of South Pasadena to ensure that more than 85% of the flowers used on their floats are American grown, primarily from California’s flower farms.
As a 5th generation Californian things like this are important to me; but in reality should be important to all Americans. The California flower industry is a $10 billion a year business and between the flower farms and the industries indirectly involved employs almost 150,000 Californians. That is a pretty good reason for keeping it local.
The Cal Poly Universities' "Tuxedo Air" is a pretty amusing float and will have significant animation as a flight school for penguins is the theme.
You can find all my photos from the Cal Poly float as well as entries from the City of San Gabriel and Macy's and some of the cars that will carry the Grand Marshal and other dignitaries down Colorado Boulevard on my blog at http://www.gotbaddog.com/cal-poly-rose-parade-float/. I have also included a link to the schedule with order the floats will appear.