New Year’s Rose Parade continues despite COVID-19 rise

PASADENA, California – A year after New Year’s Day passed without a rose parade due to the coronavirus pandemic, the flower show, which celebrated the arrival of 2022, was to continue despite a new rise in infections due to the omicron variant.

The 133rd edition of Pasadena, California, the tradition was scheduled to feature actor Levar Burton as Grand Marshal, 20 marching bands, 18 riding units and dozens of floats reflecting the “Dream” theme. Believe. Achieve.”

After days of record rain, forecasters promised a sunny dawn for the start of the parade at. 8, which has an eerie history of postcard weather.

LeAnn Rimes was to start the parade with a performance of “Throw My Arms Around the World”. Also on the chart were “American Idol” winner Laine Hardy aboard Louisiana’s “Feed Your Soul” float and country singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen.

The parade and this afternoon’s Rose Bowl football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Utah Utes remained on track despite an explosion of COVID-19 infections in Los Angeles County, with daily new cases peaking at 27,000 Friday.

The county Department of Public Health said it was the highest number of new cases.

The soaring infections had already prompted Kaiser Permanente to announce that its float, “A Healthier Future”, would not have 20 “medical heroes in the front line” riding or walking next to it.

“We must prioritize the health and safety of our frontline medical staff and ensure that we are able to treat patients during this recent increase in COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant,” the health network said.

The parade usually draws thousands of fans along its 5.5 mile (8.8 kilometers) route. Many camp on sidewalks overnight and set out their seats as early as noon on New Year’s Eve.

Authorities in Pasadena urged people to wear masks, upgrade to the N95 or KN95 types and avoid interfering with anyone outside their own groups.

The Tournament of Roses Association said ticket holders for parade bleachers and the Rose Bowl game would be required to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours, and masks would be required for anyone 2 years and older .

Rose Parade 2021 was canceled months ahead of time. The Rose Bowl football game was played after being moved to Arlington, Texas.

Previously, the parade was canceled for several years during World War II, and the Rose Bowl game in 1942 was played in North Carolina after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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