Rain won't dampen Rose Parade


PASADENA -- With weather forecasters predicting a 50 percent chance of rain Wednesday, things could get a little soggy, but Rose Parade officials remain optimistic.

Workers throughout Old Town Pasadena prepared yesterday for the city's grand event, the 108th annual parade featuring 57 floats, 23 bands and 30 equestrian units.

"The Rose Parade goes on rain or shine," said Steve Leland, who explained that even during World War II the parade was scaled down, but never canceled.

It has rained only nine times in the history of the Rose Parade -- the last time in 1955.

Floats will be covered with plastic sheets before the parade to guard against rain.

The parade is scheduled to last two hours starting at 11 a.m. EST. The parade's grand marshals will be Olympic gold-medal gymnast Shannon Miller and Olympic track star Carl Lewis.

Pub Date: 12/30/96

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