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Organizers cancel 2021 New Year's Day Rose Parade due to impact of coronavirus pandemic

The UPS Store at The 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade
Posted at 11:25 AM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 14:40:03-04

PASADENA, Calif. — Organizers have canceled the 2021 New Year's Day Rose Parade due to the impact of coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, the organizers said: "With reluctance and tremendous disappointment, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association announces that, in accordance with Governor Newsom’s Phase IV re-opening schedule, and after thoughtful consideration of the restrictions and guidelines in place as a result of COVID-19, we are unable to host the 2021 Rose Parade."

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.”

Added Executive Director/CEO David Eads: “While we are extremely disappointed that we are unable to host the parade, we believe that not doing so will prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as protect the legacy of the Rose Parade for generations to come.”

The parade began in 1891 and has been canceled only three times during the wartime years of 1942, 1943, and 1945.