by Jaime Rodriguez, RDPFS Intern
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is hosting the grand return of its annual New Year’s Day celebration on January 1, 2022, featuring the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl. After last year’s disappointing cancellation due to the pandemic, this year’s festivities are a much-anticipated return to normalcy. This marks the 133rd annual Rose Parade, taking place between 8 am and noon PST (Pacific Standard Time) on January 1, 2022. The parade, sponsored by Honda and hosted by Grand Marshal, actor LeVar Burton, will feature flower-adorned floats, 22 marching bands, and 18 equestrian units. The 108th annual Rose Bowl Game follows the parade at 2 pm PST. The game, sponsored by Capital One Venture X, will be played between Big Ten Conference representatives The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Pac-12 Conference champions the Utah Utes 10-2. This marks the Utah Utes’ first appearance in the Rose Bowl, which should be thrilling, as the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Utah Utes haven’t faced each other since 1986 when Ohio State beat Utah 64-6. Both the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl will air on ESPN, ABC, NBC, and Univision with real-time audio description provided by Audio Eyes. Plans call for the information on how to access the audio description to be provided by each of the host networks on the day of the event.