B-2 Spirit fly-by starts the 2020 New Years Pasadena Rose Parade

Rose Parade B2 Spirit flyover video

January 1, 2020. The 2020 Annual Rose Parade (Tournament of Roses) in Pasadena, California was officially started with a spectacular B-2 flyover on January 1. The B-2 Spirit belongs to the United States Air Force (USAF) 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

Video of the B-2 Pasadena Rose Parade Colorado Boulevard fly-by

The USAF B2 Spirit gracefully flying above Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California on January 1, 2020. Video: Captain Les, CaptainJetson.com.

The Pasadena Rose Parade annual military fly-overs

U.S. military plane fly-bys above Colorado Boulevard have always marked the beginning of the Rose Parade. In the past 20 years, only one or two New Year’s days had to cancel the fly-by, due to bad weather. Generally, January 1st always appears to produce a beautiful sunny day in Pasadena, California.

The military traditionally sends different types of airplanes for the fly-by every year. The airplane types can vary between fighters and bombers, separately or in combination.

In 2020, the B-2 Spirit appeared as the sole aircraft.

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Pasadena, California aerial photo. The 210 freeway prominently running east and west. Colorado Boulevard, the main street in Pasadena is located parallel and south of the 210 freeway. Photo: Captain Eddie, a captain for a Mexican airline.

The B-2 Pasadena Rose Parade fly-by and the Word Famous Aerial Photographer Mark Holtzman

Twitter aerial video presentation of the B-2 flyover at the 2020 Rose Bowl Game by Mark Holtzman.

Mark Holtzman’s B-2 pictures from January 1st, 2019 produced some of the most stunning aerial photos of the Rose Parade ever taken. Mark generously gave Captain Jetson permission to post these pictures for you to see.

The © Mark Holtzman featured B-2 image for this article was from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Rosebowl Game on January 1, 2020.

Mark Holtzman’s 2019 Rose Parade overhead B-2 pictures

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The B-2 above Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, California, New Year’s Day 2019. © Mark Holtzman.
The B2 at the corner of Orange Grove & Colorado Blvd (left), Pasadena, California © Mark Holtzman
The B-2 above the corner of Orange Grove & Colorado Blvd (left), Pasadena, California, New Year’s Day 2019. © Mark Holtzman.
West Coast Aerial Photography, Inc, Mark Holtzman

To see more of Mark Holtzman’s stunning aerial photography work, please visit his website here.

What is the Tournament of Roses?

The Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, California started in 1890. It starts at 8 a.m. in the morning every January 1st. (January 2nd if the 1st falls on a Sunday). The Tournament of Roses is divided into two parts:

What is the Rose Parade?

The Pasadena Rose Parade is an annual parade that marks the start of the Rose Bowl Game. It’s a festive parade of floats, cars, horses, and people. It’s produced by the non-profit Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.

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Pasadena Tournament of Roses logos. Photo: Tournament of Roses.

The floats consist of beautifully decorated organic flower-products. The parade starts on Orange Grove Boulevard, down the world-famous Colorado Boulevard, and then it ends on Sierra Madre Boulevard.

Hundreds of thousands of people claim their spot on the sidewalk along the parade route on New Year’s Eve. Spending the New Year’s night on the sidewalk has been a tradition in Pasadena for many decades.

The event is televised in over 100 countries and territories every year.

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Rose Parade float. Photo: CaptainJetson.com.

Rose Bowl Game

The New Years’ college football game kicks off after the Rose Parade. The Rose Bowl Game is the oldest bowl game in existence, and it has produced lots of spectacular college football action over the years.

The B-2 Pasadena Rose Parade fly-over

What do you think about the Tournament of Roses and the use of the B-2 as a spectacular opening and backdrop to the event? You can contact us here.

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