Pasadena’s Colorado Avenue, on a typical New Year’s Day morning, is packed with cold, sleepy-eyed but enthusiastic fans.
On Saturday, January 1, 2022, the streets are almost empty as the Rose Parade begins at 6 a.m.
– Ryan Carter (@ryinie) January 1, 2022
“It’s pretty sparse,” said Arthur Rodriguez, sitting on a patio chair on Colorado Avenue near Lake Avenue. “Not many people like that.”
Why risk firsthand experience in a pandemic-stricken year? “My grandchildren,” said Rodriguez. “They’re at home in warm beds and I’m here to keep their place.”
Rodriguez said going to the polls at 6 a.m. is “a good thing” because people are spread out and socially distanced.
“We have front row seats,” said Frank Valenzuela of Huntington Park on the corner of Lake and Colorado. “Perhaps people are just scared to go out.”
– Sarah Reingewirtz (@sarahimages) January 1, 2022
Some of the biggest artists still show up at noon on Friday, the annual exercise for the most dedicated fans, camping overnight for the best spots.
But there are many openings left early Saturday. IT is still to be seen if the streets will be full by the time of the 8 am parade
The number of COVID-19 tanks has skyrocketed in recent weeks, which may prompt more people to watch TV from home than brave the streets of Pasadena.
– Lisa Ann Jacobs (@lisaannjacobs) January 1, 2022
A resurgent coronavirus outbreak has prompted officials to put protective measures in place and vow to monitor public health updates until the last hour.
People have been encouraged by officials to wear masks on the route. And those in the stands were asked to show proof of vaccinations or a negative test result.
County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said she respects plans for the Rose Parade to go ahead as scheduled for Saturday, even though it’s traditionally crowded. But she said people at high risk of transmitting the virus or becoming seriously ill if infected should avoid attending.
“This could be the year for some people to see this series on TV,” she said.
With the number of coronavirus infections nearly doubling in just two days, Los Angeles County reported 27,091 new cases on Friday as the virus-fatigue region wraps up in 2021. The pandemic forced the cancellation of events. Dotted with Roses, including a public float decoration and Lawry’s Bowl of Cows party for the vigorous participants of the bowl game.
A week of persistent rain also affected pre-parade activities and cut their crowds – including the two-day Bandfest with the Rose Parade and Equestfest marching bands, performances for equestrian groups .
As news of the virus worsened this week – with new cases reaching 20,000 in Los Angeles County on Thursday – Kaiser Permanente officials announced that they would be removing 20 frontline medical heroes. the first is the pontoon and the “outsider” from its buoy. don’t have them. There may be other roster changes, but no cancellation notices were reported at the time this story was posted.
Due to COVID-triggered supplies and shipment hazards, flowers, seeds and other supplies needed to cover great floats have become something of a spoiler. Officials said marching fans should not be worried. The buoys are now complete and are expected to travel from Irwindale and Rosemead to Pasadena, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, December 31.
County and city government officials urge people to wear masks, get vaccinated, follow safety precautions and keep high-risk people away from such mass gatherings.
Councilman Tyron Hampton summed it all up: “If you don’t feel comfortable, then watch it on TV.”
And, of course, millions of people will do it around Southern California – and around the planet.
https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/01/rose-parade-2022-early-on-streets-not-as-full-as-previous-years/ Early on, the streets are no longer as crowded as in previous years – San Bernardino Sun