"Find Your Adventure" is the theme of the 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda. Grown out of a unique partnership between the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the U.S. National Park Service, the parade will celebrate our national parks.
The adventure theme will no doubt carry over to the thousands of spectators who will brave the chilly Pasadena air, sleeping overnight to get a good spot to view festivities.
Unlike last year, when temperatures dipped into the 30s, the high on Friday is expected to be around 69 degrees. However, weather forecasters predict overnight temperatures around 43.
The parade begins at 8:00am and will feature floral floats, spirited marching bands and high-stepping equestrian units. Honda will kick off the 44-float parade in a festive opening show along the 5 1/2 mile route down Colorado Avenue.
This year, documentary film maker Ken Burns will be the Rose Parade Grand Marshal.
Though the 62-year-old was not present during the announcement, he said in a taped video address, “As an honorary park ranger, I couldn’t be prouder (of the theme), and I encourage everyone, especially children, to get out and find your park.”
After almost four decades, this New Year’s Day will be the last time the world will hear the voices of Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards together.
The duo announced recently on the KTLA Morning News broadcast that this would be their final year as commentators for the Los Angeles television station’s coverage of the annual Rose Parade.
“It’s just time,” announced Eubanks.
At 1:30pm on New Year’s Day, college football will become the main attraction, as the Iowa Hawkeyes from the Big Ten match up against the Stanford Cardinals from the Pac-12 at Rose Bowl stadium for the 102nd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.
Pasadena law enforcement announced there will be heightened security at all festivities in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings. For more details about street closures, parking and other information about the parade and football game, check out the articles on PasadenaStarNews.com.