Photos: Rose Parade preparation returns after 1 year break

‘Rose Parade’ returns this Saturday to Pasadena, California.

For many, the return will be seen as a joyous respite from two painful years of the pandemic. But the parade and its huge audience from all over the country are coming at a difficult time. Coronavirus infections and hospitalizations skyrocket again due to the highly contagious Omicron variant. There are lots of interruptions.

Aside from challenges, the return of the Rose Parade will be welcomed by those who appreciate it.

Beans are placed on a float with tweezers

Ellerose Chan, 14, glues mung beans on a turtle to a Rose Parade float on Dec. 27.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Masked volunteers working on the Rose Parade fleet.

The return of the parade has not come without logistical challenges. Volunteers have dropped out due to the Omicron rise, and float builders have had difficulty getting materials due to high costs and supply chain problems.

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A masked woman paints a creature on a Rose Parade floating.

“I figured they would be shorthanded because of the pandemic, so I thought I would strike,” said Mary Ann Cosgrove, working on the “Masked Singer” float.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

A masked volunteer sits on a beam and paints a large human figure

Alison Darrow works at the California Physical Therapy Assn. flow.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

A woman is holding a red carnation.

Teresa Rosales prepares a red carnation. The cost of materials including roses, seeds and steel has exploded in recent months, according to Janet Benjamin, decorating chair of the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses float.

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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