When the Covid-19 virus hit the United States earlier this year, it was hoped that all would be well come summer and life would return to normal by early fall.  But it has not happened and in some cases has gotten worse.

While there are some places opening once again, others are being postponed or even cancelled.

Such is the case of the annual Rose Parade each New Year’s in Pasadena.

Due to the pandemic, the Tournament of Roses Association has announced that the 2021 Rose Parade has been cancelled.  This is only the fourth time in 132 years that the spectacle of floats and flowers will not be held.  The other three times – 1942, 43, and 45 – were due to World War II.

The 2021 president of the Tournament of Roses Association Bob Miller spoke on the decision saying, “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.”

As many as one million visitors come to the annual event to see dozens of floats created from live flowers.  Thousands of others are involved in ensuring that the parade goes on and hundreds more that march in the parade.

Much like the annual Macy’ Thanksgiving Day Parade, planning for the annual Rose Parade begins shortly after it ends and involves participants from across the country and around the globe.

Association executive director and CEO David Eads added, “in addition to the advance planning required by our band and equestrian units, the construction of our floats takes many months and typically requires thousands of volunteers to gather in ways that aren’t in compliance with safety recommendations and won’t be safe in the coming months.”

The Tournament of Roses Association promises to offer an alternative celebration and will announce plans soon.

Currently the Rose Bowl game itself is still being planned.  Known as the Granddaddy of them all, the annual Rose Bowl game is one of the four original bowl games that showcases the best in college football.  The 2021 Rose Bowl is scheduled to be one of the semifinal games for the championship.


feature photo credit: By Prayitno / Thank you for (12 millions +) view from Los Angeles, USA – Sweepstakes Trophy : Preserving Paradise, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65741385