PASADENA, California – The 133rd Tournament of Roses Parade made a colorful comeback on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena Saturday, with crowds lining the sidewalks to see dozens of elaborate flower floats, high-energy marching bands and equestrian teams in the iconic New Year’s tradition that was canceled last year due to COVID-19.
“Dream. Believe. Realize.” was the theme of the parade this year, a celebration of “education’s ability to open doors, open minds and change lives”.
“Education sets the stage for success with a world of opportunity secured through knowledge, compassion and determination. Education is the great equalizer,” said Robert Miller, president of the Tournament of Roses association. “As a community college educator, I have witnessed the life-changing miracle of education. “
The UPS Store took top parade honors for the third time in a row, winning the 2022 competition trophy for its “Rise, Shine & Read!” Entry. Featuring a proud rooster father reading to his family of chicks on a lively chariot 35 feet tall and 55 feet long.
The UPS Stores float participates in the 133rd Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1, 2022. – The parade features flower floats, marching bands and equestrian units to celebrate the New Years along the 8.8 mile route on along Colorado Blv
The float, built by Irwindale-based Fiesta Parade Floats, demonstrated the importance of literacy.
The festivities began at 8 a.m. with a performance by Grammy-winning singer LeAnn Rimes, with a remixed and remastered version of “Throw My Arms Around the World” created specifically for the celebration of Pasadena.
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Rimes, who first appeared in the Rose Parade in 2006, was accompanied by the Rose Parade Dancers, the Mark Keppel Dance Company, the Rose Parade Flag Bearers and four drummers. A flurry of fireworks set the stage for the two-hour parade.
Many spectators along the 5 1/2 mile parade route staked their spots overnight despite unusually low temperatures for the season. In 2019, the event drew around 700,000 people in person, while 37 million people watched the TV show.
Some traditions of the Rose Parade remain unchanged since the first parade in 1890. This includes the requirement that every inch of the 37 floats be covered with flowers or other natural materials, such as leaves, seeds or bark. The most delicate flowers, including roses, were placed in individual vials of water, placed one by one in floats.
This year’s Grand Marshal was Emmy-winning actor LeVar Burton, who is also a longtime director, educator and advocate for children’s literacy and known to generations of children for his role as host of “Reading Rainbow” by PBS.
Nadia Chung, senior of La Canada High School, ruled the parade as Queen Rose, joined by the six members of her Royal Court:
– Jeannine Briggs, John Marshall Basic Secondary School;
– Abigail Griffith, Pasadena High School;
– Jaeda Walden, La Canada High School;
– Swetha Somasundaram, Lycée Arcadia;
– Ava Feldman, South Pasadena High School; and
– McKenzie Street, Flintridge Sacré-Cœur.
The parade included 17 bands. In a first Rose Parade that highlighted the theme of education, the band directors’ marching band included 270 band directors from the United States and Mexico, ranging from recent music education graduates to retired veteran directors. .
Arcadia High School Apache Marching Band participates in the 133rd Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1, 2022. – The parade features flower floats, marching bands and equestrian units to celebrate the New Year along the 8.8 route km
Other groups included the Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band and the US Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band, including musicians from Camp Pendleton.
Seventeen equestrian teams on the parade route included the New Buffalo Soldiers, a group of first responders that presents a historical representation of the 10th Regiment, Company H of the American Cavalry, once enslaved individuals who served as soldiers but were received little recognition for their sacrifice.
The Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team, an all-female high-speed precision rodeo specialist group, were among the other groups who rode horses to entertain the crowds.
The parade ended with a grand finale featuring Grammy nominee Jimmie Allen and an appearance by the Golden Knights, the US Army’s parachute team.
After the landing of the Golden Knights, Allen performed his hit song “Good Times Roll”, accompanied by his four-piece group, the Rose Parade Dancers, the Mark Keppel Dance Company and the Rose Parade Flag Bearers.
Allen made history as the first black artist to launch a career with two consecutive No.1 hits from his 2018 debut album, “Mercury Lane”. Her debut single “Best Shot” won No. 1 on country radio for three weeks.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, attention will shift to the 108th Rose Bowl, where Ohio State faces Utah, in the latter team’s first appearance in the New Years game.
A Seeding Tomorrow float takes part in the 133rd Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1, 2022. – The parade features flower floats, marching bands and equestrian units to celebrate the New Years along the 8.8 mile route on the along the colorado
The two teams have faced each other only once before – in 1986, when OSU won 64-6 – and some sports analysts say OSU players may still be reeling from their bitter loss to their Michigan rival.
Parade observers with tickets and football fans in the stadium were required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result of a virus test. Persons 18 years of age and over must also present photo identification.
Wearing a mask was compulsory throughout the parade.
The parade floats will be on display at the Floatfest after the parade and all day Sunday along a three-kilometer course on Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards. Visitors are advised to wear transparent bags to quickly go through security. You can find more details on the restrictions at tournamentofroses.com/events-calendar/floatfest/.
Roads were to remain closed until 2 p.m. along Colorado Boulevard from Orange Grove Boulevard to Sierra Madre Boulevard and northbound on Sierra Madre to Paloma Street.
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