February 29, 2024

The one hundred and thirty fifth Match of Roses Parade delighted spectators in Pasadena Monday with marching bands, equestrian models and a bunch of elaborately embellished floral floats together with a head turner from San Diego.

The San Diego Zoo‘s “It All Began With a Roar” gained the 2024 Sweepstakes Trophy, honoring essentially the most lovely entry encompassing float design, floral presentation and leisure.

The parade, themed “Celebrating a World of Music,” started with a efficiency that includes Future’s Baby’s Michelle Williams, “The Voice” champion Cassadee Pope, “American Idol” alum David Archuleta and Los Angeles singer/songwriter/producer Rush Davis. All of them carried out on the Rose Parade opening stage, alongside the Honda float themed “Hold Dreaming.”

The theme was introduced practically a 12 months in the past by Match of Roses Affiliation President/Chair Alex Aghajanian.

“The 2024 theme brings us collectively by music,” Aghajanian stated on the time. “In a world of various cultures, beliefs, hopes, and goals, one language unites us all — music.

The sound, texture, rhythm, kind, concord, and expression meld collectively to maneuver, soothe, excite and delight the world. From bossa nova to blues, classical to nation, metallic to mariachi and rock to rap, 1000’s of genres invite us to develop into one in celebrating a world of music.”

Main the parade was grand marshal Audra McDonald, a singer, actress and six-time Tony Award winner.

“I’m so deeply honored to have been invited to function the grand marshal of the 2024 Rose Parade,” McDonald stated. “As a California child, raised in Fresno, … the brand new 12 months was at all times ushered in with the Rose Bowl. Each January 1st I’d get up early to observe the parade and the sport with my household.”

The parade made its method alongside its conventional 5 1/2-mile route, transferring east alongside Colorado Boulevard to northbound Sierra Madre Boulevard, ending at Villa Road.

A complete of 39 floats took half on this 12 months’s procession. Some have been sponsored by native cities, comparable to Torrance, Burbank and Alhambra, every touting native sights, whereas others have been funded by companies comparable to Kaiser Permanente, Honda, Shriners Youngsters’s and The Cowboy Channel.

Kaiser Permanente’s 2024 Rose Parade float, “Symphony of You,” acquired the President Award for many excellent use and presentation of flowers. Credit score: Jesse Rodriguez

Closing out the parade was former “American Idol” champion Jordin Sparks, who rode aboard the ultimate float within the parade honoring the Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts in Brandon, Missouri.

Following the parade, the floats are on show on the Floatfest at Sierra Madre and Washington boulevard, giving spectators an opportunity to a get a close-up have a look at the creations. The Floatfest might be open from 1 to five p.m. Monday.

On Tuesday, the Floatfest might be open at 7 a.m. for senior residents and the disabled, then open to most of the people at 9 a.m., closing at 5 p.m.

Floatfest tickets are $20 prematurely on-line, and admission is free for youngsters ages 5 and youthful.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.