PASADENA (CBSLA) – The 133rd Tournament of Roses Parade will take place along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena on Saturday, with crowds lining the sidewalks to see dozens of elaborate floral floats, high-energy marching bands, and equestrian teams in iconic New Years tradition that has was canceled in the past year due to COVID-19.
“Dream. Believe. Realize.” is the theme of this year’s parade, a celebration of “education’s ability to open doors, open minds and change lives”.
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“Education paves the way 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 saw first-hand the life-changing miracle that education provides. “
The festivities will begin 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.
Rimes, who first appeared in the Rose Parade in 2006, will be accompanied by the Rose Parade Dancers, the Mark Keppel Dance Company, the Rose Parade Flag Bearers and four drummers. A flurry of fireworks will set the stage for the two-hour parade.
Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected along the 5 1/2 mile parade route on Colorado Boulevard, many of them staking their places 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.
The intersection of South Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevard will be the base of operations for the broadcasters, photographers and media of Rose Parade, traditionally known as “TV Corner”.
This year, however, it will be transformed into a “First Mile” thanks to a partnership with the nonprofit OneLegacy, which advocates for organ donation through its Donate Life campaign and parade floats.
The area extending south and east from the intersection, which offers a glimpse of the parade formation, volunteers in their distinctive white costumes and 40,000 grandstand seats, will include a large video screen, a pageantry of tribune and a tribune for the media.
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 entered this year must be covered with flowers or other natural materials, such as leaves, seeds or l ‘bark. The most delicate flowers, including roses, are placed in individual vials of water, placed one by one in floats.
This year’s Grand Marshal is 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, will rule the parade as Rose Queen, joined by the six members of her royal court:
– Jeannine Briggs, John Marshall Fundamental High School;
– Abigail Griffith, Pasadena High School;
– Jaeda Walden, La Canada High School;
– Swetha Somasundaram, Lycée Arcadia;
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– Ava Feldman, South Pasadena High School; and
– McKenzie Street, Flintridge Sacré-Cœur.
The parade will feature 17 marching bands. In a first Rose Parade that emphasizes the theme of education, the Conductors’ Marching Band will include 270 conductors from the United States and Mexico, ranging from recent music education graduates to veteran directors to retirement.
Other groups include 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 are expected on the parade route this year. They include the New Buffalo Soldiers, a group of first responders who present a historical representation of the 10th Regiment, Company H of the American Cavalry, once enslaved individuals who served as soldiers but received little recognition for their sacrifice.
The Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team, an all-female high-speed precision rodeo group, are among the other groups who will ride horses to entertain the crowds.
The parade will conclude with a grand finale featuring Grammy nominee Jimmie Allen and an appearance by the Golden Knights, the US Army’s parachute team.
Four of the Knights will fall from the sky and onto the streets to make a live soccer throw from the parade route to Rose Bowl Stadium. Their descent will be accompanied by TikTok personality Timothy Fletcher, the young drummer who made waves on social media.
Following the landing of the Golden Knights, Allen will perform 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.
As the final draws to a close and attention shifts to the 108th Rose Bowl, the Ohio State Buckeyes take the field against the Utah Utes, in the latter team’s very first appearance in the New Year’s high-stakes game. Year.
Seventh-ranked OSU is the favorite to win against the 10th-ranked Utes in the game which starts at 1pm on ESPN. The two teams have faced each other only once before – in 1986, when OSU dominated – and some sports analysts say OSU players may still be reeling from their bitter loss to their rival. the University of Michigan.
Parade observers with tickets and football fans in the stadium are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result of a virus test taken within 72 hours of the event. Guests 18 years of age and over will also need to present photo identification.
Wearing a mask will be compulsory throughout the event.
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. More details on the restrictions can be found at https://tournamentofroses.com/events-calendar/floatfest/.
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Roads will 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.