It’s Way Too Soon to Cancel the 2021 Rose Parade

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Today, July 15th, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses announced that the Rose Parade, scheduled for New Year’s Day, is canceled. The decision’s made, but it’s way too early to be making that determination. What a monumental failure of leadership.

The Association said in a statement:

With reluctance and tremendous disappointment, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association announces that, in accordance with Governor Newsom’s Phase IV re-opening schedule, and after thoughtful consideration of the restrictions and guidelines in place as a result of COVID-19, we are unable to host the 2021 Rose Parade.

They are canceling an event that is still 4.5 months away! This parade, accompanying the Rose Bowl, has been a major part of the college football calendar since 1891. The only years it hasn’t happened since then were 1942, 1943, and 1945 — years that America was in World War II.

It would be one thing if it were Thanksgiving and coronavirus cases were unmanageable, but we aren’t even approaching Labor Day yet. It’s a tremendous failure of leadership to be canceling beloved events like this one this far before it’s supposed to happen — 4.5 months, not to mention the several months we’ve already been dealing with the pandemic, could even be enough time to creatively figure out logistics for a parade to happen with masks and social distancing. Sad times.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Acting in fear and cancelling things has engulfed this country. In my lifetime (I’m 30) the reaction to the coronavirus will be the worst thing that has happened. The media and politicians working in unison by not reporting data, but reporting in fear. Keeping places of business closed which will destroy people’s livelihoods, which will be worse than the virus. Keeping school’s closed is the absolutely the worst thing you can do right now because we need education more then ever. All of this is leading us to very very dangerous and depressing times. All for a virus, that as only effected the very old and sick. What are we doing.

  2. I don’t include myself (or you based on what you said) in the “we”.

    They are promoting fear and panic to affect the outcome of an election. Plain and simple, it is to facilitate the loss of Donald J Trump to a dementia addled career politician who will be “run” by a group of unelected backroom puppeteers. They do not care what damage they are doing to people’s lives and the future of the country. They are singly focused on that goal regardless the costs.

    Call me conspiratorial if you must, but bring a more viable explanation if you do. I’d love to hear a reasoned opposing view.

    • I don’t disagree with that totally. Because you can see people making it political. You can see that the red states are opening vs. the blue. Also people are blaming the deaths on Trump, like he’s the coronavirus himself. But at the end of the day it’s education man. Our education has been lacking for so long it has finally caught up to us. Plus our pop culture and who we see as role models isn’t the best either. people cater to shock value and emotion vs. logic and doing what’s right.

      • No question education plays a big role in the under 50 crowd. They’re lost, total brainwashed by the education system.

        But the over 50’s I see buying the fear porn is equally disturbing and not as easily understood. They mindlessly accept the mask edicts and participants in the shaming culture. They buy the need for the lockdowns and have the most to loose from a cratering of the economy.

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