The parade began at 8 a.m., with actor and television host LeVar Burton serving as grand marshal. The theme was “Dream. Achieve. Believe.”
While the return of the Rose Parade is seen by many as a cheerful respite from two painful pandemic years, it is clouded by a dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly contagious Omicron variant.
As spectators from across the country lined Colorado Boulevard, nearly 1 in 4 people in Los Angeles County who are being tested are positive for the coronavirus, and totals of new infections are doubling every two days.
The parade crowd was smaller than in years past. Although some people had been camped along the route since midday on New Year’s Eve — a beloved tradition for those hoping to score a good view of the floats — many arrived Saturday morning and found front-row spots and, practically unheard of, nearby parking.
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