“The 126th Rose Parade Tournament.” Hoda Kotb and Al Roker. (NBC photo by Vivian Zink)
Wed Dec 30 2020 11:15
NBC News ‘Today’ presenters Hoda Kotb and Al Roker to host NBC’s cover of the revamped January 1 Rose Parade with star-studded musical performances and celebrity appearances
NBC welcomes the New Year in style with a two-hour special “New Years Celebration of the Rose Parade Presented by Honda”, featuring musical performances and special guests.
This year’s presentation, which airs from 11:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET on January 1, will celebrate everything viewers have grown to love about the Rose Parade, including its history, participants, volunteers and, of course, the magnificent flowers. Most NBC affiliates will also air optional coverage of the celebration from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET.
Hoda Kotb, co-host of NBC News’ “Today” and co-host of “Today with Hoda and Jenna” and Al Roker, weather anchor of “Today”, will once again co-host the high cover definition of NBC.
The 2021 telecast will mark Roker’s 24th year as host and eighth year for Kotb. NBC celebrates its 94th year of broadcasting a Rose Parade TV show, starting on radio in 1927 and then broadcasting the popular annual event from 1954.
Former Grand Marshals of the Rose Parade Emeril Lagasse and Gary Sinise will be featured in this year’s reimagined special. Award-winning actor, director, producer and philanthropist, Sinise will open the show while chef, restaurateur, television personality and author Lagasse will share memories of his time as Grand Marshal in 2008.
The special will also include marching band performances and heartwarming segments related to the Rose Parade, special highlights from the Rose Bowl football game, horsemen, floats from years gone by and a behind-the-scenes look at how a float is made. .
This year’s New Year’s celebration will feature musical performances by nine-time Grammy Award-winning Sheryl Crow; Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton; Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Tori Kelly; Lady A, multi-platinum country trio and seven-time Grammy winner; the most awarded country group of the last decade, Rascal Flatts; and the Nashville-based husband and wife duo and soul singer, War and Treaty.
Celebrity appearances will include award-winning singer, songwriter, actor and producer Daddy Yankee; actress Shanola Hampton; Olympic gold and silver medalist and former Grand Marshal Laurie Hernandez; former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart; multi-award-winning actress and former Grand Marshal Rita Moreno; actress Dascha Polanco; and Los Angeles Dodgers broadcast legend Vin Scully.
Roker and Kotb will host the parade amid a stunning waterfall of flowers, designed by Lewis Miller. Miller’s popular “Flower Flash” installations throughout New York City have earned him notoriety and praise for their beauty and creativity. For more information visit www.lewismillerdesign.com.
While the New Year is a time of celebration, many children and families also face extraordinary challenges. At key moments in the program, including one with a special message from Jennifer Garner, viewers will have the opportunity to donate to Red Nose Day at www.rednoseday.org. Money raised from the airing will support programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy, educated and empowered, in the United States and around the world.
Over 700,000 spectators have reportedly lined up the five and a half mile parade route in Pasadena in years past, but this year viewers will enjoy the pageantry from home.