Monday, January 1 at 11:30 ET/8:30 PT on NBC
“Today” weather anchor Al Roker and Hoda Kotb, co-host of “Today’s” fourth hour, will welcome 2018 co-hosting NBC’s live, high-definition coverage of the “129th Rose Parade” from Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 1 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET/8:30-10:00 a.m. PT)
This marks NBC’s 91-year anniversary broadcasting the parade, beginning on radio in 1927 and then televising the popular annual event beginning in 1954. This year’s edition of the parade will signify Roker’s 21st year as host and the fifth year for Kotb.
Actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, well known for his portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in the film “Forrest Gump” and who has been working in support of veterans for nearly 40 years, is the Grand Marshal. The theme of this year’s parade is “Making a Difference.”
Adding to the fun will be 18 equestrian teams, including the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales as well as miniature horses, as well as 22 incredible marching bands from the U.S. and as far away as Australia and Japan. This year’s Rose Queen and her court will also appear.
The Pasadena Police Department estimates that more than 700,000 spectators will line the five-and-a-half mile parade route. Tens of millions of people worldwide watch the telecast every year.