NBC airs a New Year’s Day Grand Tradition, the "130th Tournament of Roses Parade," in High-Definition

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27 December 2018
130th Tournament of Roses Parade
Photo: Vivian Zink/NBC
“130th Tournament of Roses Parade”
Tuesday, January 1 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM ET/8:30 to 10 AM PT on NBC
         Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of NBC News’ “Today” and co-host of “Today’s” fourth hour, along with “Today” weather anchor Al Roker will continue the tradition of welcoming the new year as co-hosts of NBC’s live, high-definition coverage of the 130th Rose Parade from Pasadena, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 1 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET/8:30-10 a.m. PT). Most NBC affiliates will also broadcast optional coverage of the parade from 11-11:30 a.m. ET.

          This year will mark Roker’s 22nd year as host and the sixth year for Kotb. NBC celebrates its 92nd year broadcasting the Rose Parade, beginning on radio in 1927 and then televising the popular annual event beginning in 1954.

130th Tournament of Roses Parade
Photo: Vivian Zink/NBC
          The theme for this year’s parade is “The Melody of Life.” Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and philanthropist Chaka Khan will serve as the 2019 Grand Marshal. She is widely known for her chart-topping song “I Feel for You,” and has also been working to support at-risk youth for nearly two decades. Khan will kick off the festivities by performing at the Opening Spectacular by Honda.

          Nearly a thousand white glove volunteers will spend over 80,000 meticulous hours creating this year’s 46 floral masterpiece floats. Adding to the celebration will be a B-2 Spirit flyover, hundreds of energetic performers, 22 marching bands from across the U.S and around the world from as far away as Sweden and Japan, 18 equestrian teams, including mini horses and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, and this year’s Rose Queen with her court.

130th Tournament of Roses Parade
Courtesy of Pasadena Tournament of Roses

          Other parade highlights include fire-breathing dragons on the “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” float, live music from members of the world-renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic atop the Kaiser Permanente float, real flowing waterfalls on the Dole and City of Sierra Madre Rose Float Assn. floats, and live performances by Kool and the Gang celebrating good times on the Stella Rosa float. Other floats will incorporate feature such as pyrotechnics, water, fog, smoke and bubbles. The parade will conclude with a grand finale by Wells Fargo with breakthrough pop singer Anne-Marie.

         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 in over 170 countries watch the telecast every year.


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