Published : Thursday, January 2, 2020 | 6:24 AM
Floats that covered the range of human dreams and aspirations breezed down Colorado Boulevard in a flawless event that focused on the achievements of Latinos and women and offered hope to all during Wednesday’s 131st Rose Parade.
President Laura Farber, the first Latina president of the Tournament of Roses, was in good company with three Latina Grand Marshals, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, actress Gina Torres and prolific performer Rita Moreno.
The parade kicked off with a live performance by 2019 Latin GRAMMY Winner for Best Urban Fusion/Performance Ally Brooke of a new song by Emilio Estefan Jr., followed immediately by the roar of a B-2 Stealth bomber piloted, for the first time, by a female pilot, Lt. Col. Nicola “Nicky” Polidor.
One float not only gathered descendants of famous suffragettes and civil rights leaders who fought for passage of the 19th Amendment and women’s right vote, but gathered 100 outwalkers in full suffragette regalia to march down Colorado Boulevard,
Bands from Mexico, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica marched in the Parade.
Also honored were Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on Sesame Street, astronaut Ellen Ochoa and the Spanish voice of the Dodgers, Jaime Jerrin.
Los Lobos, surprisingly with popular American Idol runner-up Alejandro Aranda in tow, wrapped up the parade with their hit “La Bamba.”
For those who came to enjoy the parade in person, the payoff was great with a wide range of colorful floats that covered many different issues and ideals.
“This is one of the proudest days for Latinas,” said Sandy Martinez from Los Angeles, a faithful Rose Parade attendee each year. “I don’t sleep over, but it’s a great event that everyone should do once, at least.”
Thousands of people turned out to see the pageantry cruise down Colorado Boulevard on a gorgeous, sunny day which even in the morning was 65 degrees.
“I thought I would need suntan lotion,” said Steven Johnson whose cousin marched with the Marine Corps. “It’s hard to believe it’s really January first.”