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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A yr after New Year’s Day handed with out a Rose Parade because of the coronavirus pandemic, marching bands and floral floats took to the streets once more to have fun the arrival of 2022 despite a brand new surge of infections because of the omicron variant.

The 133rd version of the Pasadena, California, custom on Saturday featured actor LeVar Burton as grand marshal, 20 bands, 18 equestrian models and dozens of floats reflecting the theme of “Dream. Believe. Achieve.”

After days of record-smashing rains, there have been sunny skies for the 8 a.m. begin of the spectacle, which has an uncanny historical past of postcard climate.

LeAnn Rimes kicked off the occasion with a efficiency of “Throw My Arms Around the World” adopted by a army flyover of a B-2 stealth bomber.

Among the fanciful floats was the futuristic-themed “Vaccinate Our World” entry by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation with a robotic nurse clutching a syringe. The colourful “Rise, Shine and Read!” float by the UPS Store featured a bespectacled rooster reading to a group of chicks.

“American Idol” winner Laine Hardy carried out aboard Louisiana’s “Feed Your Soul” float. For the grand finale, the US Army Golden Knights parachute staff landed alongside the parade route and nation performer Jimmie Allen sang “Good Times Roll.”

The parade and the afternoon Rose Bowl soccer sport between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Utah Utes remained on observe despite an explosion of COVID-19 infections in Los Angeles County, the place each day new circumstances topped 27,000 on Friday.

The county Department of Public Health stated it was the very best variety of new circumstances.

The hovering infections had already prompted Kaiser Permanente to announce that its float, “A Healthier Future,” wouldn’t have 20 “front-line medical heroes” using or strolling alongside.

“We must prioritize the health and safety of our front-line medical staff and ensure we are able to treat patients during this recent surge of COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant,” the well being care community stated.

The crowd was smaller than in earlier years, however the parade nonetheless drew 1000’s of followers alongside its 5.5-mile (8.8-kilometer) route. Many camped out on sidewalks in a single day, staking out their spots within the afternoon on New Year’s Eve.

Pasadena authorities urged folks to put on masks, upgrading to the N95 or KN95 sorts, and keep away from mingling with anybody outdoors their very own teams. Many attendees wore face coverings, as did Rose Parade Queen Nadia Chung and her court docket.

The Tournament of Roses Association stated ticketholders for parade bleachers and the Rose Bowl sport had been required to point out proof of full vaccination or a damaging COVID-19 check inside 72 hours, and masks had been required for everybody age 2 and up.

The 2021 Rose Parade was canceled months forward of time. The Rose Bowl soccer sport was performed after being moved to Arlington, Texas.

Previously, the parade was canceled for a number of years throughout World War II and the 1942 Rose Bowl sport was performed in North Carolina after the assault on Pearl Harbor.

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