Streets less full than in previous years – Daily News


Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena on a typical New Years morning is teeming with cold, sleepy but enthusiastic fans.

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On Saturday January 1, 2022, the streets were not as full as the time elapsed for the Rose Parade to start at 6 a.m.

“It’s pretty sparse,” said Arthur Rodriguez, perched on a patio chair on Colorado Boulevard near Lake Avenue. “Not so many people.”

Why risk the in-person experience in a year marked by the pandemic? “My grandchildren,” Rodriguez said. “They are at home in warm beds and I am here to take their place.”

Rodriguez said attending at 6 a.m. was “kind of a good thing” because people could disperse and socially distance themselves.

“We have front row seats,” said Frank Valenzuela of Huntington Park at the corner of Lake and Colorado. “Maybe people are just afraid to go out.”

Some pillars showed up again at noon on Friday, the annual exercise for the most dedicated fans, to camp overnight for the best spots.

But there were plenty of spots left early on Saturday. It remained to be seen if the streets would fill up by the time of the parade at 8 a.m.

The number of COVID-19 cases has skyrocketed in recent weeks, which may prompt many people to watch TV from their homes rather than braving the streets of Pasadena.

The reinvigorated coronavirus outbreak has prompted officials to put protective measures in place and commit to monitoring public health updates until the last hour.

People have been advised to wear masks on the road by authorities. And people in the stands had to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result.

County public health director Barbara Ferrer said she was sticking to plans for the Rose Parade to go as planned on Saturday, despite the large crowds it traditionally gathers. But she said people at high risk of transmitting the virus or of serious illness if infected should avoid attending.

“This might be the year for some people to watch this on TV,” she said.

With coronavirus cases nearly doubling in just two days, Los Angeles County reported 27,091 new cases on Friday as the virus-weary region ended 2021. The pandemic forced the cancellation of scattered events linked to Rose, including the decoration of public floats and the Lawry’s Beef Bowl party for the beefy bowling alley participants.

A week of persistent rain also soaked the pre-parade activities and reduced their crowds – including the two-day Bandfest featuring the Rose Parade and Equestfest, the showcase for equestrian groups.

As news of the virus worsened this week – with new cases surpassing 20,000 in Los Angeles County on Thursday – officials at Kaiser Permanente announced they would remove 20 frontline medical heroes as riders and “walkers” of his float, which will roll over without them. Other lineup changes may be possible, but no sign-offs had been reported at the time this story was posted.

Due to the supply issues triggered by COVID and shipping grunts, the flowers, seeds, and other items needed to cover the fabulous floats have become something of a cliffhanger. Fans of the parade shouldn’t be concerned, officials said. The tanks are now complete and were scheduled to move from Irwindale and Rosemead to Pasadena, starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 31.

County and city public officials have urged people to mask themselves, get vaccinated, adhere to safety precautions and keep people at high risk away from these large gatherings.

City Councilor Tyron Hampton summed it up: “If you don’t feel comfortable watch it on TV.

And, of course, millions of people will be doing just that in Southern California – and around the planet.


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