Officials of the Tournament of Roses said today that they are actively planning a return of the Rose Parade on January 1, 2022. This year’s event has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, only the fourth time around that the event has been cleaned up in 130 years.
The organization is also planning the return of the Rose Bowl Game, which was moved this year to Texas due to restrictions that prevented fans from attending the event in Pasadena.
“As we move forward with our plans to bring hope and optimism to the world, public health and safety remains our top priority,” said Bob Miller, president of the Tournament of Roses association. “The evolving nature of the pandemic requires flexibility, continuous adjustments and mitigation measures to be incorporated into our planned activities. We plan to announce more specific details on the Rose Parade and associated events as they become available. “
The 2022 parade will pick up on the theme that was planned for this year’s event: “Dream. To believe. Achieve. ”But the theme will be broadened beyond its original focus on education to celebrate the persistence of medical professionals, first responders and essential workers during the pandemic.
“We look forward to working with the City of Pasadena and our other valued partners throughout the year as we prepare for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena on January 1, 2022,” Miller said.
This year was only the fourth time since 1891 that the parade has been canceled, with the previous three cancellations having taken place during the war years of 1942, 1943 and 1945.
In its place, the Tournament of Roses produced a television special on January 1 titled Rose Parade New Year Celebration, with musical performances, celebrity appearances, a look back at past parade entrances and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the floats at Rose Parade.
The show included performances by Sheryl Crow, Mickey Guyton, Tori Kelly, Lady A, Rascal Flatts and The War and Treaty.