Streets not as full as previous years – Daily News

Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard, on a typical New Year’s Day morning, is packed with cold, sleepy-eyed but enthusiastic fans.

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On Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, the streets were not nearly so full as time ticked away for the start of the Rose Parade at 6 a.m.

“It’s pretty sparse,” said Arthur Rodriguez, perched on a patio chair on Colorado Boulevard near Lake Avenue. “Not that many people.”

Why risk the in-person experience during a pandemic-scarred year? “My grandkids,” said Rodriguez. “They are home in warm beds and I am here holding their spots.”

Rodriguez said the turnout at 6 a.m. was “kind of a good thing” because people could spread out and socially distance.

“We’ve got front row seats,” said Frank Valenzuela of Huntington Park at the corner of Lake and Colorado. “Maybe people are just scared to come out.”

Some stalwarts still showed up at noon on Friday, the annual drill for the most devoted fans, to camp overnight for the best spots.

But there were many open spots remaining early Saturday. IT remained to be seen if the streets would fill up by parade time at 8 a.m.

COVID-19 caseloads have soared in recent weeks, which may spur many people to watch on TV from home rather than brave the streets of Pasadena.

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