Rose Parade avoids California rain as it welcomes New Year

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Flower-covered floats, marching bands and equestrian units celebrated the New Year on a chilly but dry Monday as the 134th Rose Parade slipped through a gap in California's siege of drenching storms.

Pasadena's annual floral spectacle offered the optimistic theme of "Turning the Corner" for 2023, and former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, who survived a 2011 shooting, served as grand marshal.

"The New Year is a time for renewal, an opportunity for a fresh start," Tournament of Roses President Amy Wainscott told the television audience.

The parade, which by traditio...

 

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