OSU Float Set For Rose Festival Starlight Parade

CORVALLIS, Ore. - When the lights go on at this year's Rose Festival Starlight Parade, Oregon State University will take center stage with an elaborate float featuring a semi-truck fitted with rear projection television screens, cheerleaders, student-athletes and coaches.

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Jeff Taylor, video coordinator with the athletic department, is helping to facilitate construction of the float. T.P. Trucking of Central Point is providing the truck while InFocus is providing two, eight-foot rear projection video screens that will show highlights of university athletic events.

Prominently featured in the center of the float will be the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl trophy.

'We want to share the university's success with the entire state,' Taylor said. 'Personally, I'm real excited about this project.'

This year's parade will start at 8:30 p.m., on Saturday, June 2. It features 100 entries and will be broadcast live from 9 to 11 p.m. on KGW-TV. More than 350,000 spectators will line the streets of downtown Portland to watch the parade.

Taylor said members of the OSU community will gather Saturday morning and early afternoon on Broadway Street across from the Hilton Hotel to stake out a place to watch the parade.

'Hopefully lots of folks from the campus community will come up to watch the parade and wear their orange,' Taylor said.

The OSU float promises to be one of the most spectacular in the parade and one of the longest. The parade restricts floats to a maximum length of 75 feet and the truck measures just over 73 feet.

'Our float will be the only one with large video screens,' Taylor said. 'Along with highlights, it will flash the O-S-U cheer for the crowd. The parade organizers have told me they are very excited to see the float.'

For more information on joining the OSU contingent at this year's Starlight Parade, contact Marianne Vydra, associate athletic director, at 7-7496.

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