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Photos: Rose Parade’s Bandfest, Day 2 – more rain, but more raucous rhythm, too



The rains returned to Pasadena City College on Thursday, Dec. 30.

But so did the high sprits, brassy energy and rich talent of some of the nation’s best musicians.

Bandfest, hosted by the Tournament of Roses, is traditionally one of the more popular events in the leadup to Pasadena’s New Year’s Day Parade. But this year’s showcase had to weather concerns over the enduring coronavirus pandemic and two days of relentless showers.

The persistent storm soaked Wednesday’s initial session — and pelted performers anew at the final two segments on Thursday.

Nonetheless, the musicians donned plastic protection and muddled through, delivering lively renditions despite the rain.

The forecast for Saturday’s parade, meanwhile, is for a cold, but dry and sunny morning. No matter the weather, Tournament of Roses officials said this week that the parade and Rose Bowl football game still have the green light — though they are watching the daily coronavirus statistics amid the current winter surge. Los Angeles County reported 20,198 new cases on Thursday, one of the highest daily totals of the pandemic.

Source: Orange County Register

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