American Idol runner-up Alejandro Aranda (Scarypoolparty) and X Factor and Dancing with the Stars alum, Ally Brooke, are among the stars appearing on the upcoming Rose parade. The event will air on NBC beginning at 11:30 AM ET. Check out all the details below.
NBC is proud to continue the tradition of welcoming the New Year with a live broadcast of the 131st Rose Parade, presented by Honda, from Pasadena, Calif., on Wednesday Jan. 1 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET).
Most NBC affiliates will also air optional coverage of the parade from 11-11:30 a.m. ET. Al Roker, TODAY weather anchor, and Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of TODAY and co-host of the fourth hour of TODAY, will co-host NBC’s coverage.
Honored guests include Sonia Manzano, who generations of fans know as Maria from “Sesame Street,” space shuttle discovery astronaut and Astronaut Hall of Fame inductee Ellen Ochoa, and Jaime Jarrín, the Spanish voice of the Dodgers and National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. Viewers will be treated to an opening spectacular featuring legendary Grammy-winning musician Emilio Estefan, popular singer and dancer Ally Brooke and Farruko, one of the world’s most famous Latin Reggaeton artists. Spectators will also enjoy a mid-parade performance featuring Disney’s Frozen.
The Grand Finale, presented by Wells Fargo, will close out the parade with performances by Alejandro Aranda, known as “Scarypoolparty,” and legendary East Los Angeles rock band Los Lobos.
Iconic movie star and Broadway actress (West Side Story) Rita Moreno, Suits actress Gina Torres and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez will serve as the 2020 Grand Marshals.
Nearly a thousand white-glove volunteers will spend more than 80,000 meticulous hours creating this year’s 45 masterpiece floral floats that will span up to 75-feet long and up to 35-feet high. The floats will feature effects such as pyrotechnics, smoke, waterfalls, streamers and bubbles.
Adding to the celebration will be a B-2 Spirit flyover, a celebrity football toss, hundreds of energetic performers, 23 marching bands from across the U.S and around the globe, 16 equestrian teams that include Arabian horses, majestic Clydesdales and the USMC Mounted Color Guard, and the famous Rose Queen with her royal court.
More than 700,000 spectators will line the five-and-a-half mile parade route joined by over 65 million people in more than 170 countries watching the telecast.
The 131st Rose Parade, presented by Honda, is produced by LX.TV, a production unit of the NBC Owned Television Stations.