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You have to “love” the “new normal”; for good or ill, some things will be irrevocably changed – some of them permanent, some temporary. It seems that in 75 years since the last time it happened, the upcoming 132nd Rose Parade that is usually held in Pasadena will not take place on Jan. 1, 2021.

As you may have already guessed, Parade officials have cited Gov. Gavin Newsom’s phase 4 reopening schedule and their consideration of health restrictions as their reason for canceling the 2021 parade. That many people packed like a sardine can on the side of the streets, and in the parade itself would be a buffet for the virus.

In other words; the pandemic ain’t over despite some people’s denials to the situation. With the current numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States still CLIMBING, it is not surprising.

According to the statement on their website by David Eads, the Tournament of Roses Chief Executive Director has this to say: “While we are extremely disappointed that we are unable to host the parade, we believe that not doing so will prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as protect the legacy of the Rose Parade for generations to come.”

You can check out the rest of his statement here.

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Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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