New Year’s Rose Parade proceeds despite Covid-19 surge

LeAnn Rimes opened the event with a performance of “Throw My Arms Around the World,” followed by a military transfer of a B-2 bomber. Also on the performance list were American Idol winner Laine Hardy on board Louisiana’s Feed Your Soul raft and country singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen.

The afternoon parade and Rose Bowl soccer game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Utah Utes stayed on track despite an explosion of COVID-19 infections in Los Angeles County, where the number of new cases exceeded 27,000 on Friday.

The district health department announced that it was the highest number of new cases.

The rising infections had already caused Kaiser Permanente to announce that no 20 “medical heroes on the front line” would drive or walk alongside on its “A Healthier Future” car.

“We need to prioritize the health and safety of our frontline medical staff and ensure we can treat patients during this recent surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant,” the Health Network said.

As usual, the parade drew thousands of fans along its 8.8-kilometer route. Many camped on sidewalks overnight to mark their places on New Year’s Eve afternoon.

Pasadena authorities urged people to wear masks, upgrade to types N95 or KN95, and not mix with people outside of their own groups.

The Tournament of Roses Association said ticket holders must provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours for the parade stands and Rose Bowl game, and masks are required for anyone ages 2 and up.

The 2021 Rose Parade was canceled months in advance. The Rose Bowl football game was played after it was relocated to Arlington, Texas.

Previously, the parade was canceled for several years during World War II, and the 1942 Rose Bowl game was played after the attack on Pearl Harbor, North Carolina.

Leave a Comment