PASADENA, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2020) – Today, Kermit the Frog was announced as the celebrity conductor in the “Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration presented by Honda.” Kermit will lead the virtual performance showcasing seniors in high school and college. The world’s most famous amphibian and international film and television star is no stranger to the Rose Parade®; in 1996 Kermit road down Colorado Blvd. as Grand Marshal.

The segment will feature hundreds of students from bands across the country, and from around the world, who will come together for a special, virtual performance of “Everything’s Coming up Roses.” From Pennsylvania to San Diego and from Sweden to Panama, these students will be part of history as the first virtual performance in America’s New Year Celebration®.

Participating Schools and Organizations:

  • Arcadia High School Apache Marching (Arcadia, CA)
  • Banda de Música La Primavera (Santiago, Veraguas, Panama)
  • Bands of America Honor Band (Recruits from all 50 states)
  • Downingtown Blue & Gold Marching Band (Downingtown, PA)
  • Georgia State University Panther Band (Atlanta, GA)
  • Gibson County Tennessee Mass Band (Gibson County, TN)
  • Hebron Marching Band (Hebron, TX)
  • Homewood High School Patriot Marching Band (Homewood, AL)
  • Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Mira Mesa High School Sapphire Sound Marching Band and Color Guard (San Diego, CA)
  • O’Fallon Township High School Marching Panthers (O’Fallon, IL)
  • Royal Swedish Cadet Band (Karlskrona, Sweden)
  • St. Ursula Eichi Sendai Japan Honor Green Band (Sendai, Japan)
  • Waukee Warrior Regiment (Waukee, IA)

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® has invited all the bands who were scheduled to perform in the 2021 Rose Parade to join us for the 2022 Rose Parade. There are many seniors who will graduate and who will not have the opportunity to perform on January 1, so we’re giving them their very own, unique performance spotlight.

The music and choreography was sent to each school for preparation and rehearsal. Each student submitted a video of themselves performing. “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” musical arrangement and flag choreography for the routine was a collaborative effort from Kevin Sherrill (Band Director, Arcadia High School), Kyle Luck (Band Director, Pasadena City College), Joey Kidd (Drill Instructor, Arcadia High School) and the United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band.

The TV entertainment special – “The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration presented by Honda” – will also feature special musical performances, heartwarming segments related to the Rose Parade, special Rose Bowl Game® football highlights, equestrians, celebrity guests, spectacular floats from years past and New Year’s wishes from fans around the world.

The Tournament of Roses has partnered with six broadcasters to air a two-hour TV entertainment special on New Year’s Day. The show will air during the time slot traditionally reserved for live coverage of the Rose Parade® presented by Honda. The special will air on ABC, Hallmark Channel, KTLA, NBC and RFD-TV at 8 a.m. PST and on Univision at 7 a.m. PST on January 1, 2021. To keep everyone safe, all new footage for the special was filmed using the strictest COVID safety protocols.