The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has caused many changes within major events, and the annual Rose Parade celebration is no exception.
The event, which traditionally gathers thousands of spectators in Pasadena, California, to watch the parade with flower-filled floats, equestrian groups and marching bands, was canceled in July. Fortunately, a renewed and safer version of the annual festivities has been planned. Here you will find everything you need to know about the celebration of the Rose Parade
WHEN: Friday, January 1
TIME: 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time / 8 a.m. Pacific Time
CANAL: The two-hour pre-recorded special will air on ABC, Hallmark Channel, KTLA, NBC and RFD-TV and Univision.
Actor Gary Sinise to serve as one of the Grand Marshals of the 2021 Rose Parade
There is no host, per se, but celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and actor Gary Sinise will serve as grand marshals. The former will give a lesson on how to mix the New Years cocktail of your choice, while the latter will welcome viewers to the show.
The Rose Parade will feature guest appearances such as Daddy Yankee, “Shameless” actress Shanola Hampton, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, former NFL star Matt Leinart, “Orange Is the New Black” alumnus Dascha Polanco, Rita Moreno and Los Angeles Dodgers legend Vin Scully.
Students graduating from the following marching bands will participate in Friday’s show:
- Arcadia High School Apache Marching Band (Arcadia, California)
- La Primavera Music Band (Santiago, Panama)
- Bands of America Honor Band (recruits from all 50 states)
- Downingtown Blue and Gold Marching Band (Downingtown, Pennsylvania)
- Georgia State University Panther Band (Atlanta)
- Gibson County Mass Band (Gibson County, Tennessee)
- Hebron Marching Band (Hebron, Texas)
- Homewood High School Patriot Marching Band (Homewood, Alabama)
- Los Angeles Unified School District Honor Band from all District High Schools (Los Angeles)
- Mira Mesa High School Sapphire Sound Color Guard and Marching Band (San Diego)
- O’Fallon Township High School Marching Panthers (O’Fallon, Ill.)
- Royal Swedish Cadet Band (Karlskrona, Sweden)
- St. Ursula Eichi Sendai Japan Honor Green Band (Sendai, Japan)
- Waukee Warrior Regiment (Waukee, Iowa)