Growing cases of COVID-19 are causing many cancellations of events around SoCal, but the tradition of a new year is still set to make a big comeback.

The stands along the Rose Parade route are expected to be filled with people on Saturday, with many spectators – forced to mask themselves to attend – excited for the parade and the return of the Rose Bowl.

Many of them are also disappointed with other recent cancellations.

“It’s only Wednesday,” said Gus Ruelas, a Rose Bowl Game ticket holder. “We hope everything will continue, but you know, just yesterday UCLA canceled their football game, so you never know.”

Ruelas, a Pasadena resident, is cautiously optimistic about cheering his team on from the stands in this weekend’s game.

“My fingers are crossed though,” he said. “I hope everything will work out.”

The Holiday Bowl at Petco Park was canceled at the last minute on Tuesday, due to COVID-19 protocols in the UCLA schedule. The state of North Carolina was seen leaving San Diego on Wednesday morning, with fans frustrated.

“If they had called off the game, they could have done it a lot sooner,” said NC State fan Gray Moonayhan.

Also on Tuesday afternoon, the “Hamilton” production at the Hollywood Pantages Theater canceled shows until January 23, 2022, due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

The rise in COVID-19 cases has prompted the Centers for Disease Control to reduce its isolation guidelines to five days for asymptomatic patients, in hopes of getting people back to work safely.

“After five days of isolation, you probably have about 85 to 90 percent of your full transmission potential behind you,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky explained on TODAY Wednesday morning.

In the meantime, Ruelas hopes for a brighter 2022.

“A lot of people were delighted that things were back to normal, but I hope it’s only a while and we will be back soon,” he said.

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