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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students help cow jump over the moon

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An artist's rendering of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo/Cal Poly Pomona 2022 Rose Parade float.

2022 Rose Parade float bring classic fairy tale to life.

The final countdown is on for the first Rose Parade in Pasadena since the start of the pandemic. The return of the parade also means the return of a Central Coast tradition.

For the 73rd year, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo teamed up with Cal Poly Pomona to create the only student built float in the parade.

This year’s Cal Poly Float is called “Stargrazers.” It’s based on the Mother Goose nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle.” But this version features a 600-pound cow jumping over the moon while wearing a jet pack.

The front chassis was built at Cal Poly Pomona, and the rear at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In October, the pieces were joined. Now, teams are busy putting thousands of flowers on the float. An estimated 70 million people around the world will see it on TV when it appears in the parade.