See Trump supporters rock Cali: When they cancel the Rose Parade you have a Trump Parade

President Donald Trump’s supporters took matters into their own hands after the traditional Tournament of Roses Parade in Southern California was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds of vehicles sporting patriotic flags and banners took over the parade route used in the annual event welcoming the new year on Friday. Images posted on social media showed “Trump 2020” signs and American flags displayed in Pasadena as scores of vehicles joined the procession, honking their horns along Colorado Boulevard.

There were no marching bands and floral-themed floats typically seen in the annual parade as the traditional New Year’s Day procession over 75 years was canceled due to fears over the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation shows that the sidelined Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game – which was relocated to Texas – could trigger up to $200 million in losses for the California region’s local economy.

With Los Angeles County now facing a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, Tournament of Roses officials made the decision back in July to suspend the event and offer a televised virtual celebration instead. But many organized unofficial caravans along the route anyway, including supporters of the president.

Dubbed the Patriots’ Rose Parade, the caravan of older military vehicles, cars, trucks and more sported Make America Great Again signage as well as Old Glory and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags. A group called Trump Unity Bridge reportedly planned the event to “uncancel” the Rose Parade, according to Fox 11 of Los Angeles.

The Orange County Register reported that about 1,000 vehicles participated in the procession which covered over seven blocks in Pasadena and displayed messages disputing the 2020 election.

“It’s about election integrity and our voices being heard,” Rhonda Berlinger, who drove from Santa Clarita with her husband, told the outlet.

Some participants railed against the state’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has been facing a recall effort, and coronavirus restrictions that have economically crippled the region. Of course, the parade did have its share of hecklers as seen in one video where a man was taunting drivers from the sidewalk.

“Pull your mask up!” a Trump supporter shouted back.

Keith Birmingham, a staff photographer for the Pasadena Star-News, captured many of the bedecked vehicles that took part in the “parade.”

Other Twitter users shared video from the patriot parade as well.

 

Frieda Powers

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