Usually by this time of year the grandstands are already set up in Pasadena, and hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to camp on the city streets to catch a glimpse of the New Year’s Day Rose Tournament parade.
It’s a tradition that dates back to 1891 and was only canceled three times during World War II. But now the rose parade has been suspended for the fourth time and is planning this year’s event – including the theme (“Dream. Believe. Afford. ”), Royal Court and selected floats and bands – were carried over to 2022.
In its place, the Tournament of Roses Association has produced a two-hour pre-recorded special, The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration, which will air New Year’s mornings nationwide on the networks that normally broadcast the live parade: ABC, NBC, Univision , Hallmark Channel and RFD-TV.
The association delivered the special in segments so that each sales outlet could insert its own hosts as wraparounds. The NBC edition is supported by « Today’s » Hoda Kotb and Al Roker, etc.. moderated.
« While we worked with our broadcast partners to put the show together, we filmed it in different segments that are being put together and the stations are free to choose what this show should look like, » he told David Eads, Executive Director / CEO of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. “Because it was important that every broadcaster has an original of its broadcast in its network. And then we gave our broadcast partners time to bring in their talent, too, and given them time to add segments that they might want to do. The show was produced in a very flexible way. What you see on ABC likely won’t be exactly what you see on NBC or Univision. ”
Over at NBC, the network put together a kit for Roker and Kotb that includes a cascade of flowers designed by Lewis Miller, who is known for “Flower Flash” installations across New York City. The network will also include its own segments of messages in support of the Red Nose Day charity.
Segments of the special were recorded in various locations across the country, including the Rose Bowl, and appear to be centered around country music, with performances by Sheryl Crow, Mickey Guyton, Tori Kelly, Lady A and Rascal Flatts and the War and treaty.
« We filmed a few segments here in Pasadena, and we filmed live appearances for the show in Nashville, » said Eads. « You will see musical entertainment that is not usually that prevalent in the parade. During the parade we usually have musical entertainment as it opens and closes. Last year we did a mid-parade number where we had the Broadway cast of « Frozen ». But with a TV special we were of course able to record pieces of music that were not available on New Years Day at 8 a.m.. m. It is always one of our challenges that it is a very early morning and it comes at the end of the holidays and some talents are simply not available. ”
There will be some flashbacks to floats from past parades, and the show has also worked with Cal Poly Universities in Pomona and San Luis Obispo to get a behind-the-scenes look at how a Rose Parade float is built.
Past Parade Grand Marshals such as Gary Sinise, Vin Scully, Rita Moreno and Emeril Lagasse will also be featured.
The decision to move on to the special was made after the rose tournament parade was officially canceled in July. But the organizers began to work out their emergency plans in the spring.
« We started discussing the possibility of canceling the parade in April and May, » said Eads. “We had marching bands that had to make flight and hotel arrangements and make cash deposits. Schools usually use spring to raise money for trips to Pasadena, and now the kids were home so schools had no chance to raise funds. ”
Eads noted that much of the flowers and plants for the swimmers come from South America and must be ordered at least six months in advance.
« We realized that we had to make a decision at the beginning of the summer months, » he said.
The organization reached out to USC Keck School of Medicine and other experts to determine if California on Jan.. January will reopen in phase 4. It quickly became apparent that despite optimistic forecasts, it wasn’t going to work.
« This report, which we received in late June, says the pandemic will still be active at this point and they have predicted that there will be an increase in transmissions as we near the holidays, » said Eads. « And that really led to our decision at the beginning of July to announce that we would cancel the parade. ”
The replacement special is unlike anything the rose tournament did before. And Eads said the organization made an early decision that it shouldn’t just be a retrospective of past events.
« Not only will it be a repetition of old parades with bands and riding units and floats, but it has to be really current and fresh, » he said. “And what viewers will see on New Year’s Day this year will be a focused entertainment special in the spirit of the Rose Parade. ”
Eads said planning for the 2022 event has already started. « With the arrival of a vaccine, we hope that we can definitely go ahead with a live parade, » he said. “It will probably look a little different. However, we believe that speaking to health officials at the state, county and here in Pasadena on Jan.. January 2022 can perform a live parade. ”
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