Floats, marching bands hit the streets for 131st Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After a flyover by a B-2 stealth bomber, marching bands and floral floats took to the streets under mostly sunny California skies as the 131st Rose Parade drew hundreds of thousands of spectators on New Year's Day.

Among the fanciful floats was an award-winning entry from the Chinese American Heritage Foundation that marked the 75th anniversary of the U.S. victory in World War II and honored the sacrifices of women and minorities in the military.

A Curtiss P-40 Flying Tiger fighter and Sherman tank on the float were decorated in eucalyptus leaves with accents of black onion seed, white sweet rice and red ilex berries.

After the bomber streaked overhead, a performance by singer Ally Brooke kicked off the colorful proceedings.

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The Pasadena Celebrates 2020 float makes its way along the parade route at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Parade spectators cheer for the television cameras at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The Rancho Verde High School marching band performs at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The China Airlines float wins the International Award at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE UPS STORE - The UPS Store, Inc. float titled Stories Change Our World in support of the Toys for Tots Literary Program won the top, Sweepstakes Award at the Rose Parade on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Jordan Strauss/AP Images for The UPS Store)
The Amazon Studios float makes its way along the parade route at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The Cowboy Channel float wins the Showmanship Award at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The Kaiser Permanente float wins the Wrigley Legacy Award at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The Northwestern Mutual float, that won the Fantasy Award, makes its way down the parade route during the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The UPS Store, Inc. float wins the Sweepstakes Award at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The UPS Store, Inc. float wins the Sweepstakes Award at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Floats make their way along the parade route during the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The Royal Court, clockwise from lower left, Princesses Rukan Saif, Mia Thorsen, Emilie Risha, Rose Queen Camille Kennedy, Princesses Reese Rosental Saporito, Michael Wilkins and Cole Fox at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The Oregon marching band performs at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
The Pasadena Celebrates 2020 float passes spectators at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Rose Queen Camille Kennedy, left, waves to the crowd at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Grand Marshal Laurie Hernandez, left, motions to a television camera at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Grand Marshal Gina Torres waves to the crowd at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Grand Marshal Rita Moreno waves to the crowd during the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
A 2020 Rose Parade float is seen at the start of the route at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. The theme of this year's parade is "The Power of Hope." (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Anuket Bhaduri, left, and his wife, Carleena Bhaduri, attach vines to The SCAN Foundation Rose Parade float at Phoenix Decorating Company in Irwindale, CA, on Monday, Dec 30, 2019. The Bhaduri family joined other caregivers decorating the float titled; Hope's Heroes: Honoring Caregivers of All Generations. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)/The Orange County Register via AP)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DOLE PACKAGED FOODS - Volunteers apply final touches to the Dole Packaged Foods "Sunshine for All" Rose Parade float during Decorating Week at Fiesta Parade Floats on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 in Irwindale, Calif. (Jordan Strauss/AP Images for Dole Packaged Foods)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DOLE PACKAGED FOODS - The Dole Packaged Foods "Sunshine for All" float nears completion at Fiesta Parade Floats before it sets out on Colorado Blvd. to help inspire communities to support one another through hunger relief and giving back on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 in Irwindale, Calif. (Jordan Strauss/AP Images for Dole Packaged Foods)
The Chinese American Heritage Foundation float "American Heroes" participates in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The Lutheran Laymen's League float "Anchored in Jesus" participates in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee float participates in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The Japan Honor Green Band participates in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The Chipotle Mexican Grill float "Cultivating the Future of Farming" participates in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The Pasadena City College (PCC) marching band participates in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The float "Years of Hope, Years of Courage" celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment of the US Constitution granting women the right to vote, participates in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
Women dressed as suffragettes celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment of the US Constitution granting women the right to vote participate in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The Aguiluchos Marching Band participates in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The Trader Joe's float participates in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The Northwestern Mutual float "Spend Your Life Living" participates in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The Banda Municipal de Zarcero from Costa Rica performs during the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The Sikh American Float Foundation float "Planting Seeds of Hope" participates in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The UPS Store float "Stories Change Our World" participates in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day float "Plant a Garden...Believe in Tomorrow" participates in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The General Society of Mayflower Descendants float participates in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The Goodyear Blimp flashes a message before the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
Rose Queen Camille Kennedy and members of her royal court wave from their float in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2020. - The parade features floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units to ring in the New Year along the 5.5 mile (8.8 km) route along Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. Authorities expect some 800,000 people to attend the parade. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
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The annual extravaganza on Wednesday in Pasadena featured dozens of floats decked out with countless flowers and waving celebrities.

There were just a few clouds and temperatures reached the mid 60s (about 18 degrees Celsius) after a chilly night.

It has rained only once on the Rose Parade in the past six decades — that was in 2006 — and it has never been canceled because of weather.

The theme of the 2020 parade is "The Power of Hope." The grand marshals are actresses Rita Moreno and Gina Torres and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez.

A beaming Moreno waved from a rose-adorned antique car with her two adult grandsons.

“Aquatic Aspirations,” a float built by students at California Polytechnic State University, featured a submarine, Hope, festooned with red and orange lentils, white mums, silver leaf, and seaweed.

Spectators started lining the 5.5-mile (8.9-kilometer) route on Tuesday, many of them camping on sidewalks and braving overnight temperatures in the 40s (around 5 degrees Celsius).

Pasadena police said there were no known threats to the parade, and spectator safety would remain the first priority and security would be tight. No major problems were reported.

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