The Central Coast is represented in the 2023 Rose Parade


The Cal Poly Rose Float team will parade down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena as the first of the judged floats in the 2023 Tournament of Roses Parade on Monday, Jan. 2.

This is Annie Doody’s childhood ambition and she is the Rose Float President at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

“When I was around eight years old, I started volunteering at Cal Poly as a Girl Scout. Our troop was allowed to assist with the float thanks to the efforts of my Girl Scout troop leader, a Cal Poly SLO alumna, she told KSBY.

Doody continued her volunteer work every year until she enrolled at Cal Poly. She managed a group of 40 crew members and hundreds of volunteers who worked on the float this year.

She remarked, “I don’t know if my eight-year-old self would believe me, but she’d probably think it was pretty awesome if I told her, hey, you’re going to be in control of all this one day.

This year’s float, “Road to Reclamation,” embodies the parade’s “Turning a Corner” theme. The team’s interpretation of the concept was represented by a nursing log, a downed tree limb given new life.


According to Doody, the nutrients from this branch are recycled by our snails and mushrooms into materials that other plants may utilize.

On the float, the crew plans to use roughly 60,000 flowers as well as vegetables like purple lettuce.

Rain or sunny, the procession will go on, according to the Cal Poly Rose Float team. They intend to decompose the flowers afterward and recycle as much of the float’s framework as they can.

The Rose Parade will also feature a second native of the Central Coast.

The Kiwanis Club will be represented on the float this year by Matthew Shuck. He belongs to the Aktion Club, a group of disadvantaged persons who coordinate volunteer work.

According to Shuck, “I adore assisting people,” KSBY.

Every year, Kiwanis International enters a float in the parade. The district administrator for the Kiwanis Aktion Clubs in Hawaii, Nevada, and California is Brian Atwell. He described the style for this year.

Atwell referred to it as “Catching the Wave of Service,” adding that the bear was riding in the wave of service while waving the Kiwanis flag.


Shucks added, “I’m wearing my Hawaiian shirt.

The Parade of the Tournament of Roses will take place on Monday instead of New Year’s Day this year because that day falls on a Sunday.

The parade never takes place on Sunday in order to avoid interfering with religious events. Starting at 8 a.m., you may catch the procession on KSBY.