The Pasadena Tournament of Roses, in an official statement, announced the cancellation of the 132nd Rose Parade due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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This is not the news that Bob Miller, 2021 President of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, wanted to give but as for him and his team, everyone’s health and well-being is their number one priority. For the first time in 75 years since its inception in 1891, the Iconic Tradition has only been canceled thrice on wartime years – 1942, 1943, and 1945.
With all the stay at home notice and restrictions made for travel this year, the parade can't push through. The event gathers thousands of different people all over the world and jams the 8-kilometer parade route through Pasadena to have a good glimpse of the show and it alarms the organizer that it may be the cause of widespread infection.
The association may not be hosting the parade, but they are exploring possibilities to team up with broadcast partners and sponsors to come up with new ways to celebrate New Year in this new normal the world is facing.
“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.” Said David Eads, Executive Director/CEO.