Before the Oregon Ducks face the Florida State Seminoles in the Rose Bowl and College Football Playoff semifinal, the 126th Annual Rose Parade will take place in the City of Pasadena California at 11 a.m. Eastern time. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Stories,” which highlights the honoring of the late World War II hero and Grand Marshal Louis Zamperini.
The parade will be broadcast on several networks, including KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles and the Hallmark Channel, which will have hosts Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards. Other broadcasters include NBC with hosts Al Roker and Hota Kotb, ABC with ESPN hosts Hannah Storm and John Anderson, and HGTV with hosts Nancy O'Dell, Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott. The parade can also be viewed online.
Madison Triplett, a senior at John Marshall Fundamental High School, will be the Tournament of Roses Queen.
Joan Williams, who was denied a seat on Rose Parade float in 1958 because she was African American, will be seated at the head of the Rose Parade.
For the first time, Sikhs will have a float at the parade. The United Sikh Mission is looking to increase awareness about a religion that is often mistaken as a Muslim sect.
The parade lasts roughly two hours. The route stretches over five miles and will include 39 floral floats, 19 marching bands and 18 high-stepping equestrian units.
The football game, which includes the past two Heisman Trophy winners, begins at 5 pm Eastern time. The Ducks are favored by eight points. The game will be broadcast by ABC.