Friday, August 5 2022

PASADENA, Calif. — The New Year’s Day Rose Parade and Rose Bowl college football game between Ohio State and Utah remained on track Friday despite rising COVID-19 cases, which forced the cancellation of the 2021 parade.

The 133rd edition of the Pasadena, Calif. tradition was to feature actor LeVar Burton as Grand Marshal, 20 marching bands, 18 equestrian units and dozens of floats reflecting the “Dream. Believe. Achieve” theme.

In a change due to soaring infection rates, Kaiser Permanente said its ‘Healthier Future’ float would not have 20 ‘frontline medical heroes’ mounted or alongside.

“We must prioritize the health and safety of our frontline medical staff and ensure that we are able to treat patients during this recent outbreak of COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant,” said the Health Care Network.

Spectators who planned to camp overnight were allowed to begin staking the sidewalks at noon on Friday. Pasadena authorities have urged people to wear masks and avoid mingling with anyone outside of their own groups.

Ticket holders for the parade bleachers and for the Rose Bowl Game Pres. by Capital One Venture X will be required to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours, and masks will be required for anyone age 2 and older, the Tournament of Roses Association said.

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