By Tracy Bloom and Courtney Frill and Nextster Media Wire
Posted: July 15, 2020 / 02:41 pm EDT / Updated: July 15, 2020 / 02:41 pm EDT
Performers will open the 128th tournament of the Rose Parade, presented by Honda, on January 2, 2017, in Pasadena, California. (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)
PASADENA, California (KTLA) – The 132nd Rose Parade has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, organizers announced Wednesday.
The Rose Associations ’Pasadena Tournament said in a statement that it would be unable to host New Year’s Day events on January 1, 2021, due to“ restrictions and guidelines ”imposed by California’s phased reopening plan.
“I know I am speaking on behalf of our 935 volunteer members and the millions of people in our community for whom the Rose Parade is an annual tradition, when I say we will miss the joy and memories of coming together,” said Bob Miller, the association’s 2021 president. Dr. “But know that we will not miss this opportunity to celebrate the new year and healthy new beginnings on January 1, 2121.”
This is the first parade to be canceled since World War II.
The annual Rose Bowl will continue to be held as a semifinal game for the college football playoffs, the statement said.