New Year’s Day 2024: The Rose Parade is star studded with Michelle Williams, Jordin Sparks, Audra McDonald and Cassadee Pope

New Year’s Day 2024 kicked off with a bang.

The 135th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California – a sleepy and affluent suburb of Los Angeles – on Monday was star studded.

This year’s theme was Celebrating a World of Music, which lent an international flair to the morning parade.

The opening number saw Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child perform.

Also present was David Archuleta, who was runner of American Idol in 2008.

New Year’s Day 2024 kicked off with a bang. The 135th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California on Monday was star studded. Here is Grand Marshal Audra McDonald, far left

The Parade concluded with a grand finale performance from Jordin Sparks

The Parade concluded with a grand finale performance from Jordin Sparks

She was the youngest contestant to win American Idol when she was 17 years old

She was the youngest contestant to win American Idol when she was 17 years old

Cassadee Pope – who was the first female winner of The Voice in 2012 – was also there.

The Parade concluded with a grand finale performance from Jordin Sparks, who was the youngest contestant to win American Idol when she was 17 years old.

Also on theme is this year’s Grand Marshal, Audra McDonald, who has a bountiful Broadway career. 

McDonald has been awarded more Tony Award performance wins than any other actor. 

She has also received two Grammy Awards and an Emmy Award.

Football star Tim Tebow was also seen as he threw a football out to the crowd. 

And local Los Angeles artist Rush Davis was also on the schedule. 

A singer performs on the Odd Fellows & Rebekahs float at the 135th Rose Parade

A singer performs on the Odd Fellows & Rebekahs float at the 135th Rose Parade

Dancers perform alongside the Explore Louisiana float

Dancers perform alongside the Explore Louisiana float

The San Diego Zoo float rolls down the parade route at the Rose Parade

The San Diego Zoo float rolls down the parade route at the Rose Parade

The Trader Joe's float had plenty of vegetables like broccoli

The Trader Joe’s float had plenty of vegetables like broccoli

Royalty: Rose Queen Naomi Stillitano can be seen waving from her float

Royalty: Rose Queen Naomi Stillitano can be seen waving from her float

The Downey Rose Float Associate float, featuring flamingos made from flowers, can be seen moving along the parade route

The Downey Rose Float Associate float, featuring flamingos made from flowers, can be seen moving along the parade route

The city of Alhambra's float featured a purple dragon, in honor of 2024 being the Year of the Blue Dragon

The city of Alhambra’s float featured a purple dragon, in honor of 2024 being the Year of the Blue Dragon

The Hawai'i All State Marching Band, who previously performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, performed

The Hawai’i All State Marching Band, who previously performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, performed

Banda Municipal de Zarcero, of Costa Rica, also performed

Banda Municipal de Zarcero, of Costa Rica, also performed

American TV personality Carson Kressley rode his horse in the 2024 Rose Parade with the Scripps Miramar American Saddlebreds

American TV personality Carson Kressley rode his horse in the 2024 Rose Parade with the Scripps Miramar American Saddlebreds

Also in attendance was American TV personality Carson Kressley rode his horse in the 2024 Rose Parade with the Scripps Miramar American Saddlebreds. 

Both the Hawai’i All State Marching Band, who previously performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Banda Municipal de Zarcero, of Costa Rica, performed.

The Downey Rose Float Associate’s float featured flamingos made from flowers, whereas the city of Alhambra’s float featured a purple dragon, in honor of 2024 being the Year of the Blue Dragon. 

The San Diego Zoo float, which was adorned with a roaring lion and kolas crawling up a tree, paid homage to a number of their beloved animals. 

The San Diego Zoo’s 55-foot float received this year’s top prize. 

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