by Muthoni Kimani
July 17, 2020
For the first time since 1945, there will be no Rose Parade.
The Rose Parade was held on Jan 1st every year since 1891, except for 1942, 1943, and 1945, as a result of World War II.
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses announced on Wednesday that there will be no 2021 Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.
The parade traditionally accompanies the Rose Bowl, planning for which the release stated is still ongoing.
Bob Miller, 2021 President of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, stated;
“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 132nd Rose Parade.”
David Eads, the Tournament of Roses’ chief executive, went ahead and added;
“The Tournament of Roses is looking to team up with its broadcast partners to host a televised event for worldwide and local viewers, a socially distanced celebration. Plans for those events will be announced in the coming weeks.”