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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A yr after New Year’s Day handed and not using a Rose Parade as a result of coronavirus pandemic, the floral spectacle celebrating the arrival of 2022 proceeded Saturday despite a brand new surge of infections as a result of omicron variant.

The 133rd version of the Pasadena, California, custom featured actor LeVar Burton as grand marshal, 20 marching 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 parade, 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 bomber. Also on the efficiency listing had been “American Idol” winner Laine Hardy aboard Louisiana’s “Feed Your Soul” float and nation singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen.

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

The county Department of Public Health mentioned it was the very best variety of new instances.

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 mentioned.

The parade drew 1000’s of followers as normal 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 exterior their very own teams.

The Tournament of Roses Association mentioned ticketholders for parade bleachers and the Rose Bowl recreation can be required to indicate proof of full vaccination or a destructive COVID-19 check inside 72 hours, and masks can be required for everybody age 2 and up.

The 2021 Rose Parade was canceled months forward of time. The Rose Bowl soccer recreation 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 recreation was performed in North Carolina after the assault on Pearl Harbor.

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