The iconic Southern California New Year’s tradition — the Rose Parade — ran along its traditional 5 1/2-mile route in Pasadena and this year included 39 floral-decorated floats, 20 marching bands, 17 equestrians units, and of course the Royal Court and Rose Queen.
Put on by the Tournament of Roses, the 131st Rose Parade began at 8 a.m. PT Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. This year marked the 73rd consecutive television broadcast of the Rose Parade on KTLA.
Before the big event, KTLA aired two hours of pre-parade programming, “Backstage at the Rose Parade,” and “Rose Parade Countdown.”
The theme for the 2020 parade was “The Power of Hope,” which the tournament said “celebrates the influence of optimism and hope.”
The three grand marshals were Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, actress Gina Torres and prolific performer Rita Moreno.
The 102nd Rose Queen was Camille Kennedy of Pasadena, a senior at La Salle College Preparatory.
KTLA’s hosts for the broadcast were Leeza Gibbons, Mark Steines and our own Micah Ohlman.
The parade is available to watch on demand on KTLA’s YouTube page.