New Year Traditions

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The New Year’s Day tradition continues as marching bands and beautifully crafted floats stroll down Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard when NBC airs The 130th Tournament of Roses Parade on Tuesday, Jan. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET/8:30 a.m to 10 a.m. PT. Singer, songwriter, and philanthropist Chaka Khan will serve as the 2019 Grand Marshal. This edition of the iconic parade is themed The Melody of Life, celebrating Music, the universal language. As an added bonus for millions of viewers around the world, Chaka is scheduled to perform in the parade’s opening spectacular. The Pasadena Police Department estimates that more than 700,000 spectators will line the five-and-one-half mile parade route. Tens of millions of people worldwide watch the telecast every year. The Rose Parade features three types of entries: floral-decorated floats sponsored by a participating corporation or community organization, equestrian units, and marching bands.

ABC to air America’s biggest live New Year’s television broadcast, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019, beginning live at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 31. Seacrest returns to host from Times Square for his 13th year, with live onsite reporting by actress and comedian Jenny McCarthy. In addition to the iconic midnight dropping of the Times Square crystal ball, there will be reports on New Year’s festivities from around the globe. Multi-platinum music superstar Ciara will return to ring in the New Year from the West Coast as the host of the Hollywood Party, joined by performances from Kelsea Ballerini, The Chainsmokers, Foster the People, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai and Charlie Puth. The festivities will also feature a performance by Macklemore with Skylar Grey. Award-winning actress Lucy Hale will return to host the 3rd annual Central Time Zone celebration from New Orleans, providing viewers with exclusive performances and interviews leading up to the midnight countdown and stunning fleur-de-lis drop near Jackson Square at the dawn of the New Year.

Kick off New Year’s Day with back-to-back HGTV premieres. On Tuesday, Jan. 1, beginning at 2 p.m. ET/PT, HGTV will premiere 10 new episodes featuring fun, fan-favorite programs. Episodes include an escape to paradise on Caribbean Life, along with the series premiere of Windy City Rehab starring Alison Victoria and all-new episodes of My Lottery Dream Home.