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Cal Poly looking for ideas for 2021 Rose Parade float

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Cal Poly and California State Polytechnic University students created a float for the 2020 Rose Parade named, "Aquatic Aspirations."

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Cal Poly was just in the spotlight for its Rose Parade float on New Year's Day, but the university is already planning for next year's parade.

Cal Poly launched a Concept Contest for its 2021 float. The university says the winning concept will be used to create Cal Poly's 73rd float entry in the 2021 New Year's Day parade.

The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. on February 6.

Students from Cal Poly and Cal Poly Pomona work together to build the floats each year. The university's float is one of just six self-built entries in the parade, and it's the only one built by students.

The theme for next year's Rose Parade is "Dream. Believe. Achieve."

The 2020 Cal Poly float entry was called "Aquitic Aspirations." It featured a submarine navigating around a sunken shipwreck.

The concept was chosen from more than 100 ideas that were submitted last year.

Organizers are reaching out to students, alumni, and other community members for new ideas.

The winner gets two Rose Bowl tickets or $500.

Designs should be a black and white sketch and no larger than 11 by 17 inches. The university says it should illustrate or describe an idea rather than a finished design.

Submissions must have the contestant's name, phone number, and email address on the back. Digital copies can be emailed to, with the subject line "2021 Concept."

Designs can also be mailed to Cal Poly Rose Float, 1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407.

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