Weather is just one more storm over Rose Parade

December 31, 1991|By Los Angeles Times

PASADENA, Calif. -- So far this year, there have been outraged ethnic groups and peeved feminists in the build-up for tomorrow's 103rd Rose Parade. Who else can get into the act?

How about Mother Nature? Another rain storm is brewing out in the Pacific, and it's scheduled to arrive in Southern California tomorrow, weather forecasters say.

As of late yesterday, the best estimates were that the storm will arrive sometime in the afternoon.

The parade, featuring 60 floats, 22 bands and 29 equestrian groups, as well as co-grand marshals Cristobal Colon and Rep. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, D-Colo., is scheduled to begin at 11:10 a.m. EST tomorrow.

But vitriol was still being dispensed yesterday, with feminist attorney Gloria Allred denouncing Eastman Kodak and the tournament for allegedly "disinviting" her to moderate a panel of former Rose Queens, discussing women's issues.

"I was told that certain officials of the tournament . . . complained to Kodak that I was a liberal and a 'rabble-rouser' and I should not be the moderator," she said. "Late Thursday, the invitation to me was withdrawn."

Parade officials denied that they had ever asked Allred to participate.

Less than two months ago, tournament president Robert Cheney named Spanish aristocrat Colon, a direct descendant of Christopher Columbus, as grand marshal.

American Indian groups and others, many of whom say they are observing 1992 as a "year of mourning," attacked the choice of Colon because of the decimation of the New World by the Spanish conquerors.

Cheney and the tournament eventually agreed to a compromise, inviting Campbell, the only American Indian in Congress, to share the grand marshal duties with Colon.

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