The “124th Tournament of Roses Parade” will be broadcast live from Pasadena, Calif, on ABC Television Network, NBC Television Network and Hallmark Channel.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go, !” the title of the popular Dr. Seuss book. The Grand Marshall of the parade is Jane Goodall, the world renowned primatologist, animal welfare advocate, US Messenger of Peace and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute.
The parade, which is the most popular New Year’s Day celebration in the world, kicks off 2013 with 42 lavish floral floats, 21 high-stepping equestrian teams and 23 incredible marching bands from as far away as Japan.
This year’s Rose Queen Vanessa Manjarrez, and six Rose Princesses for 2013, will also appear, along with special guests on spectacular floats. The Rose Queen and Royal Court will reign over the 2013 Tournament of Roses festivities, culminating in the 124th Rose Parade® presented by Honda and themed Oh, the Places You’ll Go!™, and the 99th Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO.
Some of the floats include. Disneyland Resort’s “Destination Cars Land,” saluting the newest attraction at Disney California Adventure Park, Honda’s “Follow Your Dreams” entry, celebrating childlike imagination, and a heartwarming “Canines with Courage” salute to our four-legged heroes – military working dogs — from Natural Balance Pet Foods. Viewers will also see a special float honoring our nation’s caregivers, which is funded, decorated and ridden by nurses, a Kaiser Permanente “Cat in the Hat” float themed “Oh, the Healthy Things You Can Do,!”and an inaugural float from Delta Sigma Theta, the world’s largest African-American Greek-lettered sorority, as they kick off their centennial celebration.
The Pasadena police department estimates that at least 1 million spectators will line the five-and-a-half mile parade route. Tens of millions of people worldwide watch the telecast every year, according to a press release from The Tournament of Roses.
Al Roker, the weatherman and feature reporter for NBC’s “Today,” and Alison Sweeney, the host of “The Biggest Loser” and one of the stars of “Days of our Lives,” will co-host NBC’s live, high-definition coverage of the “124th Tournament of Roses Parade” from Pasadena, California, on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET).* This will be Roker’s sixteenth year hosting the popular annual event, and the first year for Sweeney. NBC has been broadcasting the New Year’s Day parade for 86 years, beginning on radio in 1927 and then televising the event beginning in 1954, according to a press release from NBC Media.
Hallmark Channel’s coverage of the festivities begins bright and early with a peek behind the scenes at the preparations for the parade, with more than 900 volunteers laboring for a combined 80,000 hours to make it all happen. The numbers utilized for the parade are downright astonishing, featuring more than 500,000 roses and more than 600 tons of steel. There will be 45 floats, 23 marching bands, and 20 equestrian units. Countdown to the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade airs from 10-11 a.m. ET. The 124th Tournament of Roses Parade airs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET and repeats starting at 1 p.m. ET, according to information from Hallmark Channel. Hallmark Channel kicks off New Year with holiday programming
HGTV celebrates the new year with a live, uninterrupted, high-definition telecast of the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. HGTV viewers will see every float, equestrian unit and marching band brought to viewers by knowledgeable, insightful and expert hosts Robb Weller, Chuck Nice and Chris Lambton. Coverage includes HGTV’s exclusive from the parade street interviews of float riders, band members and celebrities as they begin their unique parade journey.
ABC will air the Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. The parade will be followed with College Football, The Capital One Bowl: Georgia vs. Nebraska, from Orlando, Fla.
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