Rose Parade is saved from the rain in California

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Flower-draped floats, marching bands and equestrian units celebrated the New Year during a cold and dry Monday morning, in the 134th Rose Parade that was spared from recent torrential rains in California.

Pasadena’s annual flower show had the upbeat theme “Turning the Corner” for 2023, and former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, who survived a 2011 shooting, was its grand marshal.

“The New Year is a time of renewal, a chance to make a fresh start,” Tournament of Roses President Amy Wainscott told the television audience.

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The parade, which traditionally takes place on January 2 when the New Year falls on a Sunday, kicked off with the Los Angeles band Fitz and the Tantrums! Performing “Let Yourself Free” and a display flight of two B-1B jets from the US Air Force USA.

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