Floats, march­ing bands hit the streets for Rose Pa­rade

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PASADENA (AP) — Af­ter a fly­over by a B-2 stealth bomber, march­ing bands and flo­ral floats took to the streets un­der mostly sunny Cal­i­for­nia skies as the 131st Rose Pa­rade drew hun­dreds of thou­sands of spec­ta­tors on New Year’s Day.

Among the fan­ci­ful floats was an award-win­ning en­try from the Chi­nese Amer­i­can Her­itage Foun­da­tion that marked the 75th an­niver­sary of the U.S. vic­tory in World War II and hon­ored the sac­ri­fices of women and mi­nori­ties in the mil­i­tary.

A Cur­tiss P-40 Fly­ing Tiger fighter and Sher­man tank on the float were dec­o­rated in eu­ca­lyp­tus leaves with ac­cents of black onion seed, white sweet rice and red ilex berries.

Af­ter the bomber streaked over­head, a per­for­mance by singer Ally Brooke kicked off the col­or­ful pro­ceed­ings.

The an­nual ex­trav­a­ganza on Wed­nes­day in Pasadena fea­tured dozens of floats decked out with count­less flow­ers and wav­ing celebri­ties.

There were just a few clouds

and tem­per­a­tures reached the mid-60s af­ter a chilly night.

It has rained only once on the Rose Pa­rade in the past six decades — that was in 2006 — and it has never been can­celed be­cause of weather.

The theme of the 2020 pa­rade were “The Power of Hope.” The grand mar­shals were ac­tresses Rita Moreno and Gina Tor­res and Olympic gym­nast Lau­rie Her­nan­dez.

A beam­ing Moreno waved from a rose-adorned an­tique car with her two adult grand­sons.

“Aquatic As­pi­ra­tions,” a float built by stu­dents at Cal­i­for­nia Polytech­nic State Univer­sity, fea­tured a sub­ma­rine, Hope, fes­tooned with red and or­ange lentils, white mums, sil­ver leaf, and sea­weed.

Spec­ta­tors started lin­ing the 5.5-mile route on Tues­day, many of them camp­ing on side­walks and brav­ing overnight tem­per­a­tures in the 40s.

Pasadena po­lice said there were no known threats to the pa­rade, and spec­ta­tor safety would re­main the first pri­or­ity and se­cu­rity would be tight. No ma­jor prob­lems were re­ported.

Associated Press

The Tour­na­ment Spe­cial Tro­phy for ex­cep­tional merit in mul­ti­ple cat­e­gories in­clud­ing floats over 55 feet was won Wed­nes­day by FTD’s “The Magic of Mardi Gras” at the 131st Rose Pa­rade in Pasadena.

Associated Press

The UPS Store Inc. float wins the Sweep­stakes Award on Wed­nes­day at the 131st Rose Pa­rade in Pasadena.

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