Like everything else in the past year, the Rose Parade will be a little different this New Year’s Day — but you can still enjoy a Southern California tradition and watch the show on KTLA Channel 5 and ktla.com.
To ring in 2021, the Tournament of Roses has created a pre-produced special, “The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration presented by Honda.” The two-hour show will air on KTLA and ktla.com at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1.
KTLA will also stream an encore presentation of 2020’s Band Cam on the station’s Facebook page and YouTube account. That stream is a raw feed of the parade’s marching bands from last year.
The Tournament announced in July that with “reluctance and tremendous disappointment” it would be unable to host the 2021 Rose Parade, which would have been the 132nd. COVID-19 restrictions in California made unfeasible an event that draws hundreds of thousands to the streets of Pasadena every year.
The floats and bands that were scheduled to appear this New Year’s Day have been invited back for the 2022 parade, the Tournament of Roses said.
According to the tournament, the two-hour special on Jan. 1, 2021, will include “marching band performances, heartwarming segments related to the Rose Parade, special Rose Bowl Game® football highlights, equestrians, spectacular floats from years past, a behind-the-scenes look into the making of a float and New Year’s wishes from fans around the world.”
The following performers will appear, the tournament has announced:
Musical performances by:
Sheryl Crow – 9-time GRAMMY® award winner with more than 50 million albums soldMickey Guyton – country singer-songwriter and historic GRAMMY® Award nomineeTori Kelly – multi-GRAMMY® Award winner, singer-songwriterLady A – multi-Platinum, seven-time GRAMMY® award-winning country trioRascal Flatts – the most awarded country group of the last decadeThe War and Treaty – eclectic, soulful, husband-and-wife duo, one of Nashville’s breakout acts
Celebrity guest appearances by:
Daddy Yankee – multi award-winning singer, songwriter, actor and producerShanola Hampton – star of “Shameless” on ShowtimeLaurie Hernandez – Olympic Gold and Silver medalist, 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics TeamEmeril Lagasse – chef, restaurateur, TV personality and authorMatt Leinart – 2019 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductee, former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winnerRita Moreno – Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Oscar® and Tony® (EGOT) award winnerDascha Polanco – star of Netflix hit, “Orange is the New Black”Vin Scully – voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for more than 65 yearsGary Sinise – actor, philanthropist and 2018 Rose Parade Grand Marshal
Nine featured segments include:
Cal Poly Universities – A behind-the-scenes look into the making of a floatCity of Hope – Celebrating doctors, nurses, cancer survivors and new beginningsDole Packaged Foods – highlighting its efforts to bring access to sustainable nutrition for 1 billion people by 2025Donate Life – Presenting a floral sculpture to honor organ and tissue donors, as well as healthcare heroes who make the gift of life possibleFTD – Contributing their iconic floral décor in the Rose Parade for nearly 70 yearsHonda – Celebrating more than 60 years of innovation and commitment to helping othersKaiser Permanente – Honoring health care heroes and a healthy, thriving worldTrader Joe’s – Saluting store Crew Members who are nourishing their neighborhoods, every dayThe UPS Store – Highlighting their dedication to literacy, providing children resources to read
KTLA’s full schedule for Friday, Jan. 1 follows:
4 a.m. – KTLA 5 Morning News7 a.m. – Rose Parade Uncovered #2017:30 a.m. – Rose Parade Uncovered #2078 a.m. – The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration Presented by Honda (2021)8 a.m. (online only) – Encore presentation of the 2020 Rose Parade band cam10 a.m. – The 131st Tournament of Roses Parade (2020)“The Power of Hope”Grand Marshals of the Rose Parade: Rita Moreno, Gina Torres, Laurie Hernandez12 p.m. – The 110th Tournament of Rose Parade (1999)“Echoes of the Century”Grand Marshals of the Rose Parade: Buzz Aldrin, Shirley Temple Black, Jackie Robinson (posthumous) and David L. Wolper2 p.m. –The 125th Tournament of Roses Parade (2014)“Dreams Come True”Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade: Vin Scully4 p.m. – Rose Parade Uncovered #2044:30 p.m. – Rose Parade Uncovered #2065 p.m. – Rose Parade Uncovered #2025:30 p.m. – Rose Parade Uncovered #2086 p.m. – KTLA 5 News at 67 p.m. – LA Unscripted Rose Parade Special8 p.m. – The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration Presented by Honda (2021)10 p.m. – KTLA 5 News at 10
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