Tournament of Roses to host TV special in lieu of parade canceled due to pandemic

The 2021 Rose Parade is canceled but viewers will still get a two-hour television special on New Year's Day.

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Friday, October 30, 2020
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The 2021 Rose Parade is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but viewers will still get a show with a two-hour television special on New Year's Day

PASADENA, CALIF. (KABC) -- The cancelation of the 2021 Rose Parade was announced in July due to the coronavirus pandemic, but fans of the beloved annual tradition will still get a show: a two-hour television special broadcast on New Year's Day, organizers said Thursday.

In a statement, the Tournament of Roses Association said the TV special will include "live-to-tape musical and marching band performances, heartwarming segments related to the Rose Parade, celebrity guest appearances" and highlights from past Rose Bowl games.

The show will showcase "spectacular floats from years past," as well as a behind-the-scenes look into the making of flower-laden displays that are the trademark of the Pasadena parade, the release said.

The association said in July that it was canceling the 132nd parade because of the risk of spreading coronavirus infections among its participants and massive in-person audience.

Organizers announced the cancellation of the 2021 Rose Parade amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Rose Bowl college football game that traditionally follows the parade is still scheduled for New Year's Day.

Since its inception in 1891, the parade has been held annually except during the wartime years of 1942, 1943 and 1945, the association said.

Thousands of spectators normally jam the 5-mile parade route through Pasadena, many camping out overnight on sidewalks to ensure a good view.