They may not of been able to march down Colorado Boulevard, but the 2021 Reimagined Rose Parade still found a way to honor high school bands.
During a elaborately constructed Zoom-style segment during the television special that replaced the annual Rose Parade broadcast, Kermit the Frog brought together members of marching bands from around the world for a rendition of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”
While many will be given the opportunity to perform during the 2022 Rose Parade, this year’s cancellation is just another thing taken away from high school seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As people watched the special on New Year’s Day, the marching band segment brought a tear to their eye of many viewers. Here’s a look at what some had to say about it on Twitter:
What a wonderful way to honor the seniors who weren’t able to march in the Rose Parade this year and will be unable to march in 2022 #RoseParade2021 #I‘mNotCryingYou’reCrying pic.twitter.com/914bhuFVzA
— Wendy Chicoria (@wendychic) January 1, 2021
Watching the Rose Parade special. I got downright weepy watching the high school and college seniors who would have marched today play with Kermit the Frog conducting.
As someone who marched in the Parade, it’s such an amazing experience and I’m sad they couldn’t do it.
— Melissa (@sagastaki) January 1, 2021
— Lee West (@mom2hpa) January 1, 2021
These poor Seniors. I’m glad they at least did this virtual performance for them #RoseParade
— Kelly (@kelbelle) January 1, 2021
The creativeness of the bands in the #RoseParade is so good.
A nice way to start the morning.
Hope the first day in the year is treating y’all well.
— Vilissa Thompson (@VilissaThompson) January 1, 2021
— Tatum B.P. Wright (@TSPDST) January 1, 2021
— Joshua Simonds (@simondsjoshua) January 1, 2021
— Sam (@SamALammNC) January 1, 2021
— Jonathan Grice (@SHS_FA_Director) January 1, 2021
Sitting here crying watching the Seniors doing their video performance for the Rose Parade. I know how it would have been such a special experience and I’m glad they got to be ok TV at least!
— Blair Rothamel (@blairwiss) January 1, 2021
I just saw a thing that was engineered exactly to make me cry: high school and college seniors who couldn’t perform in this year’s Rose Parade playing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” separately but all stitched together – and conducted by @KermitTheFrog. Shut up, everyone.
— Arianna Haut (@AriannaHaut) January 1, 2021
2021! Today would’ve been your day to shine. U began training in 7th grade with goal to lead the @Arcadiaunified band as a senior in the 2021 @RoseParade. Covid cancelled today💔😭; Forever proud, my son, of your 5 yrs of dedication & handling loss with grace. pic.twitter.com/lRx5dpwFgz
— Caroline Wu (@MrsWuLovesWords) January 1, 2021
OK, is there anything more sad and emblematic of these times than this stay-at-home marching band piece? #RoseParade
— Jacqueline Simonds (@jcsimonds) January 1, 2021