Why It’s Not Happening on Jan. 1, How to Watch, and More

The Rose Parade is a New Year’s Day tradition. Every year, thousands of people line the streets of Pasadena, California, to watch the flower-decked floats go by. Many more tune in to watch the event on TV. But in 2023, the Rose Parade won’t happen on Jan. 1. Instead, the big event will take place on Monday, Jan. 2.

Why the 2023 Rose Parade won’t happen on New Year’s Day

A float in the 133rd Rose Parade | Str/Xinhua via Getty Images

Although most people think of the Rose Parade as a New Year’s Day tradition, it is occasionally held on Jan. 2. Back in 1893, New Year’s Day fell on a Sunday. At the time, parade organizers felt that holding the parade on Sunday would disrupt services at local churches, according to the Vallejo Times-Herald. (They also worried that the parade would spook horses tied up outside of houses of worship.) They pushed the parade to Jan. 2. Delaying the parade by a day whenever New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday is a tradition that’s continued ever since. So, because Jan. 1, 2023, is a Sunday, the 134th Rose Parade will take place on Monday, Jan. 2.

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