In a statement issued Thursday, the Tournament of Roses said it is keeping a close eye as COVID-19 cases continuing to rise with the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game only days away.
As cancellations of events are taking place throughout the country and close to home, Tournament officials indicated plans are moving forward, yet the organization is prepared to make adjustments in face of the pandemic.
“At the present time, we fully expect the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game to be held as scheduled on New Year’s Day 2022,” reads a statement from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. “We are aware of the rising COVID-19 infection rates, and are monitoring the situation very closely. As we continue to work with the Pasadena Public Health Department in regards to their health order, we are confident in our ability to host both the parade and game successfully, and in compliance with all the applicable government protocols needed to keep everyone safe. We are prepared to adjust our plans as necessary.”
The 2021 parade was forced to cancel on account of the virus. “The health and well-being of our parade participants and guests, as well as that of our volunteer members, professional staff and partners, remains our number one priority,” concluded the statement.
The 8 a.m. parade will kick off with a special performance by LeAnn Rimes and the grand finale will feature country singer Jimmie Allen. In between, floral decorated floats will join bands and equestrian units along the 5 ½-mile parade route down Colorado Avenue in Pasadena. The New Year’s Day spectacle will conclude with Utah facing Ohio State at 2 p.m. in the Rose Bowl Game.