Pasadena Rose Parade Canceled for First Time Since World War II Due to Coronavirus Concerns

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The Valley Hunt Club started the celebration in 1890

The annual New Year’s Day Rose Parade has been canceled for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and concerns by organizers that it could become a potential super-spreaders event. (NBC image)

(NBC News) – The annual New Year’s Day Rose Parade has been canceled for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and concerns by organizers that it could become a potential super-spreaders event.

The Rose Parade, the signature celebration held annually on New Year’s Day during a week of festivities that draw large crowds to Pasadena, was last canceled in 1945 due to World War II.

“The health and well-being of our parade participants and guests, as well as that of our volunteer members, professional staff and partners, is our number one priority,” said Bob Miller, 2021 President of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.

“Obviously this is not what any of us wanted, and we held off on announcing until we were absolutely sure that safety restrictions would prevent us from continuing with planning for 132nd Rose Parade,” said Miller.

The Valley Hunt Club started this celebration in 1890 with carriages decorated with flowers.

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