In 2016 and 2022, when @rosebowlgame is on 12/31, when will @roseparade be?
— Curtis (@80mins) January 26, 2013
Several days later, @roseparade responded that it would follow its typical Sunday rule and hold the parade on January 2. For as long as the Rose Parade has existed, long before there was an NFL to conflict with, it has been tradition never to hold the parade on a Sunday, holding it instead on the next day. To this I responded:
@roseparade Gotcha. Is the game actually going to be on 12/31, or is that all speculation at this point?
— Curtis (@80mins) January 28, 2013
Strangely enough, shortly after that last tweet, Rose Parade deleted their previous tweet to me. Did I stumble upon a not-yet-explored incongruence in the plan? Consider this: If the parade and game follow normal syntax, it would mean putting the Rose Parade on December 31, a departure, albeit slight, from a century and a quarter-long tradition that would result in both years having two Rose Parades. If, as the Twitter account stated, the parade is held on January 2, it poses an even larger problem. By that point, the game will have been played. There will be a winner and a loser. Would either institution, especially the losing school, keep their band in Pasadena for an additional two days for the parade? Even with a parade of this magnitude, that's quite a tall order.