The Tournament of Roses Parade that brings in the New Year is such a Pasadena tradition that some might be surprised that there will be no parade on Sunday, January 1, 2017. No football game either.
It’s not due to a lack of funds. Nor some type of protest statement.
Even though I have written extensively about the tournament’s Never On Sunday policy, this may still catch some people wondering if the parade and the Rose Bowl Football game have been cancelled.
Believe me, evidence of the upcoming introduction to the New Year is easily found throughout Pasadena. No Parking signs are not difficult to find. Where there is a spot of land available, you’re likely to see a grandstand waiting for spectators. As you can see in the photo above even in front of churches.
From the Frequently Asked Question section of the Tournament of Roses website:
The Tournament of Roses has had a “Never on Sunday” tradition since 1893, the first year since the beginning of the Tournament that New Year’s Day fell on a Sunday. Officials wanted to avoid frightening horses that would be tethered outside churches and thus interfering with worship services so the events were moved to the next day, January 2. Though horses are no longer tethered outside local churches, the tradition remains to this day.
So you can sleep in on January 1 this year and look forward to a parade and a football game on Monday, January 2. Happy New Year!
Published: December 28, 2016
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