The China Airlines float wins the International Award at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. …
The China Airlines float was the winner of the International Award at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1, 2020.

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - Marching bands and floral floats took to the streets under mostly sunny California skies as the 131st Rose Parade drew hundreds of thousands of spectators on New Year's Day. 

Among the fanciful floats was an award-winning entry from the Chinese American Heritage Foundation that marked the 75th anniversary of the U.S. victory in World War II and honored the sacrifices of women and minorities in the military. 

The University of Wisconsin marching band performs at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1, 2020.

A Curtiss P-40 Flying Tiger fighter and Sherman tank on the float were decorated in eucalyptus leaves with accents of black onion seed, white sweet rice and red ilex berries. 

After a B-2 stealth bomber streaked overhead, a performance by singer Ally Brooke kicked off Wednesday’s colorful proceedings. 

The annual extravaganza in Pasadena featured dozens of floats decked out with countless flowers and waving celebrities. 

The UPS Store Inc. float, "Stories Change Our World," in support of the Toys for Tots literary program, won the Sweepstakes Award at the Rose Parade, Jan. 1, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif.

There were just a few clouds, and temperatures reached the mid-60s (about 18 degrees Celsius) after a chilly night. 

It has rained only once on the Rose Parade in the past six decades — that was in 2006 — and it has never been canceled because of weather. 

The theme of the 2020 parade was ``The Power of Hope.`` The grand marshals were actresses Rita Moreno and Gina Torres and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez. 

Grand Marshal Rita Moreno waves to the crowd during the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1, 2020.

A beaming Moreno waved from a rose-adorned antique car with her two adult grandsons. 

``Aquatic Aspirations,'' a float built by students at California Polytechnic State University, featured a submarine, Hope, festooned with red and orange lentils, white mums, silver leaf and seaweed. 

The Royal Court, with Rose Queen Camille Kennedy at the top, are pictured at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1, 2020.

Spectators started lining the 5.5-mile (8.9-kilometer) route on Tuesday, many of them camping on sidewalks and braving overnight temperatures in the 40s (around 5 degrees Celsius). 

Pasadena police said there were no known threats to the parade. Security was tight, and no major problems were reported.