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.