Rose parade blooms again on New Years Day despite COVID-19-Xinhua

People attend the 133rd Rose Parade along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, the United States, Jan. 1, 2022. (Str / Xinhua)

by Julia Pierrepont III

PASADENA, United States, Jan.1 (Xinhua) – Pasadena was awash in color this Saturday as the beloved Rose Parade, the most famous annual New Years celebration event in the Los Angeles metro area, came back in full bloom.

After its COVID-19-induced cancellation in 2021 for the first time since World War II, Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard, the city’s main thoroughfare and a segment of former US Route 66, was once again filled with tanks whimsical and colorful adorned with flowers, petals and seeds, the lively marching bands and fiery horsemen for which he is so aptly famous.

Despite the surge in infections fueled by the much more contagious Omicron variant, the 133rd parade continued.

Up to 20 marching bands, 18 equestrian units and dozens of floats took part in Saturday’s event. However, they drew a much smaller in-person crowd than usual, and a quarter or more of spectators were not wearing masks in the stands and crowded sidewalks.

The parade kicked off the New Year at 8:00 a.m. local time with star Trek star Next Gen actor LeVar Burton as Grand Marshall. Twitter came alive with fans chanting his praises throughout the procession. An original song, “Throw my Arms Around the World,” written and sung by multiple Grammy award-winning LeAnn Rimes, set the festive and uplifting tone for the remainder of the nationally televised event.

Looking crisp in his long cream-colored coat, Burton greeted live onlookers and viewers at the Rose Parade, saying that the theme of the Parade this year, “Dream, Believe, Succeed” was “a testament to the trust and dedication from our first responders and healthcare workers and all of you who watch what you do today. “

Chuck Hamil, a California resident who hasn’t missed the Rose Parade for the past 20 years, enjoyed it again on the sidelines this year wearing a mask.

“I’m so glad he’s back,” he told Xinhua. “It marks the New Year with hope, color and family fun.”

Nature lovers also got to enjoy a herd of faux feather and fur floats, including the San Diego Zoo Alliance float celebrating nature and the dedication of animal rescue organizations; the Sierra Madre “Nature’s Classroom” chariot, with its magnificent giant toucans with yellow and orange beaks perched in a magnificent tropical forest full of flowers.

It was interesting to note that there were many other health focused floats featured this year such as the Donate Life float to raise awareness of the life saving results of organ donation. Final element

People attend the 133rd Rose Parade along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, the United States, Jan. 1, 2022. (Str / Xinhua)

A float moves along Colorado Boulevard during the 133rd Rose Parade in Pasadena, the United States, Jan. 1, 2022. (Str / Xinhua)

Queen of Roses Nadia Chung and her princesses are seen riding a float during the 133rd Rose Parade in Pasadena, the United States, Jan. 1, 2022. (Str / Xinhua)

People attend the 133rd Rose Parade along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, the United States, Jan. 1, 2022. (Str / Xinhua)

A float moves along Colorado Boulevard during the 133rd Rose Parade in Pasadena, the United States, Jan. 1, 2022. (Str / Xinhua)

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