Road to Reclamation is Extraordinaire

Cal Poly universities’ ‘Road to Reclamation’ received the Extraordinaire Award for the most extraordinary entry among the parade’s 39 floats. It was the schools 62nd award in 74 parade appearances since 1949.

The Cal Poly Universities Rose Float, Road to Reclamation makes its way down Colorado Blvd in Pasadena January 2, 2023.

Decoration materials included seeds, mums, cabbage, carnations, roses and oranges. Cornhusk, sewn together, was used to make the mushroom gills. Tree bark was used to cover the branch.

The float was controlled by a crew of four operators, below the float’s decorative foam shell. From left, Logan Hauptman of Cal Poly, Pomona, animation operator Jerimiah Lee, driver Benjamino Cruz and Collin Marfia, engine operator, all from Cal Poly, SLO.

All photos by Tom Zasadzinski | Cal Poly Pomona