Ebene News – US – How the Rose Parade will be different (and not be a parade) on New Years Day 2021

Normally at this time of year the bleachers have already been erected in Pasadena and hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to camp on the streets of the city to get a glimpse of the parade of the Roses tournament on New Year’s Day

It’s a tradition that dates back to 1891 and was only canceled three times during WWII.But now the Rose Parade has been suspended for the fourth time, and plans for the event of this year – including the theme (“Dream Believe Reach”), The Royal Court and some floats and orchestras – have been postponed until 2022

In its place, the Tournament of Roses Association has produced a pre-recorded two-hour special, “The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration,” which will air on New Years Eve nationwide on networks that normally broadcast the parade live: ABC, NBC, Univision, Hallmark Channel and RFD-TV

The association delivered the special in segments, so each outlet can insert their own hosts as wraparounds The NBC edition will be hosted by “Today’s” Hoda Kotb and Al Roker, etc.

“As we worked with our broadcast partners to set up the show, we filmed it in a variety of segments that will be pieced together and broadcasters have the flexibility to use their discretion as to how they want this show to look, “said David Eads, executive director / CEO of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses” Because it was important that every broadcaster had an original show on their network And then we also gave our partners time broadcast to insert their talent and gave them time to insert segments they might want to do The show was produced in a very flexible way, what you see on ABC is unlikely to be exactly what you see on NBC or Univision “

At NBC, the network has built a set for Roker and Kotb with a cascade of flowers designed by Lewis Miller, known for his “Flower Flash” installations throughout New York City. The network will also insert its own segments featuring messages supporting the Red Nose Day charity

Segments for the special have been taped in various locations across the country, including the Rose Bowl, and appear to focus on country music, with performances by Sheryl Crow, Mickey Guyton, Tori Kelly, Lady A, Rascal Flatts and the war and the treaties

“We filmed a few segments here in Pasadena, and live performances for the show were filmed in Nashville,” Eads said “You’re going to see musical entertainment that is not typically worn to that degree in the parade In the parade we usually have musical entertainment opening and closing Last year we did a mid-parade number where we had the Broadway cast of “Frozen” perform. But obviously with a TV special, this allowed us to include musical acts that would not be available on New Years at 8 a.m. It is always one of our challenges whether it is a very early morning and that it happens at the end of the holidays and that some talents are simply not available “

There will be flashbacks to floats from past parades, and the show also worked with Cal Poly Universities in Pomona and San Luis Obispo to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of a Rose Parade float

In addition, the former Grand Marshals of the parade, including Gary Sinise, Vin Scully, Rita Moreno and Emeril Lagasse, will be featured

The decision to upgrade to the special came after the official cancellation of the Tournament of Roses parade in July But even as early as spring, organizers began to figure out their contingency plans

“We started discussing in April and May about the possibility of canceling the parade,” said Eads “We had bands that had to organize flights and hotel reservations and spend money deposits. schools usually use the spring to raise funds to get to Pasadena and now the children were at home and therefore schools did not have the opportunity to raise funds”

Eads noted that a large portion of the flowers and plants in the floats come from South America and must be ordered at least six months in advance.

“We realized that when we started going into the summer months, we were going to have to make a decision,” he said

The organization reached out to USC Keck School of Medicine and other experts to give them a decision on whether to reopen California at Stage 4 on January 1 It soon became clear that even with optimistic forecasts this would not work

“This report we received at the end of June indicated that the pandemic would still be active at that time and they predicted there would be a peak in transmissions as the holidays approach,” Eads said. is what really led to our decision, in early July, to announce that we are canceling the parade”

The replacement special is unlike anything the Tournament of Roses has done before, and Eads said the organization decided early on that they didn’t want this to be just a retrospective of past events

“It won’t just be a rehearsal of old parades with groups, equestrian units and floats, but it really had to be up to date and it had to be fresh,” he said. “And so what viewers will see on New Years Day this year will be a focused entertainment special in the spirit of Rose Parade “

Eads said planning for the 2022 event has already started “Now with the arrival of a vaccine, we hope we can definitely move forward with a live parade,” he said. “It will probably still be a little different again. But we think, talking with health officials at state level, county level and here in Pasadena, that we can do a live parade on January 1, 2022.”

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Ebene News – United States – How the Rose Parade will be different (and not be a parade) on New Years Day 2021

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