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2021 Rose Parade Officially Cancelled

Blue Line Media ImageThe Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association made a huge announcement today officially cancelling the 132nd Rose Parade on New Year's Day due to health and safety related to Covid-19.

The Rose Parade is a 5 mile parade through Pasadena, California before the Rose Bowl Game on New Year's Day which has become a tradition for families to attend and watch on television. The parade is not only famous for featuring college and high school bands, but also for their incredible floats made 100% of organic materials.

In a press release today, Bob Miller, 2021 President of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association said “the health and well-being of our parade participants and guests, as well as that of our volunteer members, professional staff and partners, is our number one priority.
Obviously this is not what any of us wanted, and we held off on announcing until we were absolutely sure that safety restrictions would prevent us from continuing with planning for the 132nd Rose Parade.”

Since its inception in 1891 the parade has only been cancelled three times, in 1942, 1943 and 1945. We can not add 2021 to that short list.

Blue Line Media ImageThe planning for this year’s Rose Bowl Game, which will serve as a College Football Playoff Semifinal, is still ongoing. “We continue to work with the College Football Playoff and our collegiate partners to explore what this year’s college football season will look like amidst COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines. While the safety and well-being of the student athletes, university personnel and fans is our top priority, we remain hopeful that the Granddaddy of Them All will take place on New Year’s Day,” said David Eads, Executive Director/CEO.

While the traditional parade may be off this year the parade association is still looking to do something on New Year's Day 2021.

“Each year, the country turns its eyes to Pasadena for America’s New Year celebration and we plan to deliver on that important promise,” said Eads. “We may not be able to host our traditional five-mile march down Colorado Boulevard, but we are exploring new and safe ways we can collectively share in the celebration, and we look forward to announcing further details about our exciting new plans in the coming weeks.”

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