PASADENA, California (AP) – The 2021 Rose Parade has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but viewers will still get a show with a two-hour television special on New Year’s Day, organizers said.
The Tournament of Roses Association said in a press release on Thursday that the TV special will include “ live-to-tape musical and marching band performances, heartwarming segments related to the Rose Parade, celebrity guest appearances, ” and highlights from previous Rose Bowl football games. contain. .
And, of course, there will be “spectacular floats of the past,” as well as a behind-the-scenes look at creating the flower-laden displays that are the trademark of the parade, the release said.
The association in Pasadena, California, said in July that it canceled the 132nd parade due to the risk of spreading COVID-19 infections among its vast audience and participants.
The Rose Bowl college football game that traditionally follows the parade is still scheduled for New Year’s Day.
Since its inception in 1891, the parade has only not taken place during the war years 1942, 1943 and 1945, the association said.
Thousands of spectators normally block the five-mile parade through Pasadena, some camping on sidewalks at night to ensure good views.