Rose Parade 2021 Cancelled
The 132nd Rose Parade has been canceled because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, marking the first time in 75 years the New Year’s Day tradition won’t be held. The last time the parade was cancelled was during World War II. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Associations announced Wednesday it has scrapped plans for the event in Pasadena on Jan. 1, 2021, because of “restrictions and guidelines” imposed by California’s phased reopening plan, according to organizers. “After careful consideration, with the current restrictions and ordinances that are in place due to COVID, and then the governor’s Stage IV reopening plans, we just felt that there was no way that we’d be able to host a Rose Parade this year,” David Eads, the CEO and executive director of the Tournament of Roses stated. The event typically draws thousands of attendees each year, along with many volunteers who spend countless hours building and decorating. “It’s really the safety of the general public and all of our members, our partners that has to be a priority. And it’s really hard to do this year,” Eads said. He noted that planning for the parade begins after the Jan. 1 event concludes, with float building typically starting in March. Democratic Governor Newsom of California has received an enormous amount of criticism from other government officials and California residents alike over his recent decisions and responses to the COVID19 pandemic. Many have cited the irreparable damage to the economy of the State of California. Further reports are stating the Governor is basing his decisions on political motivations pointed toward the 2020 Presidential Election and NOT the health of California residents.