Rose Parade 2012: On Monday this year, why?

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The 2012 Rose Parade will not be streaming or telecast on Sunday morning Jan. 1. This year's parade kicks off Monday Jan. 2 because of a long-standing tradition of never marching on a Sunday.

The no-Sunday policy was established more than 100 years ago, when horses were used to pull floats on the parade route in Pasadena.

According to, the year was 1893 and it was feared that horses tethered outside churches during Sunday services would be disturbed, which would in turn disturb churchgoers.

It will be the 18th time in the history of the Rose Parade that it was pushed to a Monday. Read: Occupy Rose Parade marchers set to go

The organizing committee that pulls off this spectacle on a yearly basis is also responsible for producing the Rose Bowl football contest. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses works with commercial sponsors worldwide as well as municipalities throughout the country to produce floats that are decorated in a way that demonstrates that year's theme.

Miss the parade? KTLA, Channel 5 in Los Angeles has video of it all.

The 2012 Tournament of Roses is built around the phrase, "Just Imagine" which means that the level of creativity will be dialed up from its usual level. This year's Grand Marshall is J.R. Martinez, war hero and this season's reigning champion on "Dancing with the Stars."

Many viewers have no idea how a float is built and how long it takes to create something that is covered in vivid colored plant material while reflecting that year's theme. It takes hundreds of people, sometimes more than a thousand to assemble and decorate each float. It is not glamorous work and is performed by corporate employees of a float sponsor and thousands of volunteers.

Some of the more well-funded floats, usually those sponsored by famous brand products hire renowned artistic directors/designers to create the concept and oversee the construction of the float, including the use of electronic wizardry that it takes to make a float perform certain functions while moving along the parade route.

The volunteers who decorate the structure usually work in large warehouse spaces iin and around Pasadena. They are directed to perform one task at a time, sometimes taking a full day or more to complete.

For example, a person can be shown dozens of boxes of small leaves taken from a particular type of plant or flower and told to glue them all in the same direction on one small part of an immense frame of a float. Video posted below for reference.

The Rose Parade's sponsor is Honda and Vizio sponsors the Rose Bowl football game. This year's bowl game features the University of Wisconsin and Oregon University. The game begins at 5:10 pm ET, telecast by ESPN. The Tournament of Roses, Rose Bowl and Rose Parade are all registered trademarks of
Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Image: Wikimedia/UCLA90024


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Most of us have to work on Monday. A bitter disappointment. I suppose that the OCCUPY Float will make more impact if the only people watching it are the 1% who have the day off!

for those that must work, but then again, there are DVR's. Also, Jan. 2 is a federal and state holiday so many more folks are not working than you'd expect.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Fantastic! New years day parade in Jan 2. I'm sure NFL had no bearing in the days events! I will also be working and skipping the parade

Submitted by rolandab (not verified) on
I get its a tradition, but why not have it on Sat. and just because some folks get monday off, most folks still have to work, but would have Sat off. this sucks.

and it will not happen prior to the calendar turning the page to Jan. 1, so Saturday the 31st is out. Even the Rose Bowl is pushed til Monday. The entire Pasadena extravaganza has moved forward one day.

Submitted by Matt (not verified) on
Having it on Saturday would ruin tradition and having it before the new year doesn't make sense. By the way MOST people DO have Monday off if you have a real job :)

Submitted by marylou (not verified) on
that's a sweet reason for the 1800's. but there are no more horses outside churches now. so sorry for those who'll be working and miss it. i've actually been anticipating it all 2011 :)

Submitted by Joni Stanger (not verified) on
Really??? You have been anticipating the parade all year long. You need to do something to occupy your time, apparently. In a country that is rapidly losing sight of traditions, I appreciate that this one lives on.

Submitted by Pam L (not verified) on
I moved from SoCal to Seattle and have been looking forward to watching the Rose Parade so much and when I realized that it wouldn't be televised until Jan 2nd, well, I was very disappointed and sad.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Whether viewers find it "nonrelevant" to stick to an old ruling about no parade on Sunday, I find it honoring and was pleased to see it adhered to. Sunday reverence has been lost in our country and I'm grateful to see some still holding to it.


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