California Republicans ‘uncancel’ Rose Parade, turn it into must-see ‘Trump parade’
Pasadena’s iconic annual Rose Parade was canceled this year due to the pandemic. Trump supporters in southern California decided to hold their own instead. At least 600 vehicles participated in the event along the usual Rose Parade route. Many vehicles sported American flags from their windows or from the beds of pickup trucks and drivers honked their horns as they traveled down Colorado Boulevard.
The group began gathering at the empty Rose Bowl parking lot between noon and 1 p.m. Participants were dressed in red, white, and blue. Some were draped in Trump/Pence flags and many wore Make America Great Again hats. The caravan was dubbed Patriots’ Rose Parade.
Cars, trucks, SUVs, and some older military vehicles were decorated with Make America Great Again signs, Old Glory, and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags. Some were covered with roses. The group included various ages, from young children to senior citizens. Those in the caravan were honking loudly, playing the National Anthem and “Proud to Be an American” by Lee Greenwood.
Hecklers showed up as expected. In at least one video you can see one mocking the president’s supporters from his position on the sidewalk.
“Pull your mask up!” a Trump supporter responded, seeing that the heckler was wearing his face mask on his chin.
Another person was caught taking pics of Trump supporter license plates.
The Trump Unity Bridge said before the event that it was planning the event to “uncancel” the Rose Parade and hold a “Patriots’ Rose Parade.”
Vehicles with thousands of Trump supporters caravanned New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1, along the famed Rose Parade route on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena where many businesses have been hit hard by California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus-related restrictions.
“It’s about election integrity and our voices being heard,” said Rhonda Berlinger, who, along with her husband Mark, drove from Santa Clarita to be part of the caravan. Mark Berlinger said the giant display was fueled by skepticism over the results of the November election.
Signs pushing Trump’s message that the election was stolen were visible. Participants boldly shouted, “Four more years!”
Anger and discontent are all over the place in California. In early December, a Los Angeles bar owner’s video went viral after she claimed a double standard was shutting her business down while allowing a film crew to open outdoor dining just steps away from her bar. Many other businesses have given similar stories and have gone under because of Newsom’s mandates.
Car Trump Rally replaces the annual New Year’s Day Rose Parade on Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA pic.twitter.com/2DfwLxzYH7
— Water Fox Gónon (@WaterFoxGonon) January 1, 2021
In Orange County, enclaves such as Huntington Beach have held regular protests against what they deem as heavy-handed restrictions.
Newsom, who is a Democrat, has been facing a massive recall effort that appears to be gathering steam from donors. It looks like it just might succeed.
“Closing the beaches and closing the parks really was the beginning, that I saw on the ground, of the beginning of the end for him, as far as people taking the recall stuff seriously,” Anne Dunsmore campaign manager and finance director of Rescue California 2021, told Fox News in early December.
Instead of the 🌹 Rose Parade, Pasadena had a Trump Parade today.🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/LbYClXZ6fQ
— Crystal Rose (@GetThis) January 1, 2021
Newsom’s mandates have also been blamed for the Golden State losing tech companies such as Tesla, Hewlett-Packard, and Oracle. All of them have relocated to Texas. The general public is conducting a neverending exodus out of the state as well. Too much taxation, too many liberal regulations, and not enough freedom to breathe and create.
The annual Rose Parade normally pumps about $200 million into the local economy. It’s just one more source of revenue that local merchants are losing since the pandemic began hurting the economy even more in California.
The annual Rose Bowl football game that is part of the region’s New Year’s tradition was relocated out of state for only the second time in its long history. Friday’s game was played more than 1,400 miles away in Arlington, Texas, because of coronavirus concerns in California.