FILE – In this January 1, 2020 file photo, a 2020 Rose Parade float is seen at the start of the 131st Rose Parade route in Pasadena, California. Rose Parade and Rose Bowl college football game between Ohio State and Utah due to move forward on New Years Day despite rising COVID-19 cases, which forced cancellation from the 2021 runway show (AP Photo / Michael Owen Baker, on file)


On Friday, the New Years Rose Parade and Rose Bowl college football game between Ohio State and Utah remained on track despite the increase in COVID-19 cases, which forced the cancellation of the 2021 parade.

The 133rd edition of the Pasadena, Calif., Tradition was to feature actor Levar Burton as Grand Marshal, 20 marching bands, 18 equestrian units and dozens of floats reflecting the theme of “Dream.” To believe. To achieve.”

In a change due to skyrocketing infections, Kaiser Permanente said his tank, “A Healthier Future,” would not have 20 “frontline medical heroes” on horseback or on foot by his side.

“We need to prioritize the health and safety of our frontline medical staff and ensure that we are able to treat patients during this recent spate of COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant,” the network said. health care.

Spectators who planned to camp overnight were allowed to start stakeout spots along sidewalks at noon on Friday. Authorities in Pasadena have urged people to wear masks and to avoid mingling with anyone outside of their own groups.

Parade bleachers and Rose Bowl game holders will be required to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours, and masks will be required for anyone 2 years of age and older , said the Tournament of Roses association.