SAN DIEGO, Dec 31, 2012 – The very first Rose Parade in 1890 was held to show off Southern California’s sunny winter skies to entice more tourism. It featured flower-covered carriages and games such as sack races and tug-of-war contests.
The games are long gone. But the sunny skies and beautiful flower covered displays remain 124 years later as the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade returns to Pasadena on New Year’s Day morning, Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
From its modest beginnings, the Rose Parade now draws a live audience along the parade route of 700,000 people, 39 million Americans watching on television and hundreds of millions more watching in 220 countries around the world.
You can be one of those millions watching the Rose Parade on Tuesday morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. There are six broadcast partners: broadcast networks ABC and NBC, plus Spanish language coverage on Univision; cable channels HGTV, The Hallmark Channel; and RFD-TV.
This year’s theme is “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” The Grand Marhsal is Dr. Jane Goodall, MBE, the world famous naturalist and gorilla expert.
Join Communities and enjoy this New Year’s Day tradition with us. Our live Communities Rose Parade chat is the next best thing to being there. We’ll provide background information and feature your comments about all the bands, floats, equestrian units and more. We will also host a Google Hangout with interactive video.
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