Published : Monday, October 30, 2017 | 5:12 AM
Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet will ceremoniously reveal the Rose Parade’s 2018 Grand Marshal this morning at Tournament House as the Parade tradition unfolds heading towards the magical event on January 1.
The Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal will not only ride in the 129th Rose Parade but will also participate in the pre-game celebration at the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the 104th Rose Bowl Game.
This year’s Rose Parade was is themed “Making a Difference,” which Tibbet says is a “way to honor and celebrate all of the people in our communities, who quietly and without desire for reward or recognition, act in selfless, generous and kind ways to aid or benefit others. It’s about the human acts of kindness that enrich the lives of others and are the source of inspiration, hope, joy, and optimism for all of us.”
Prominent personalities in the fields of the arts, science, politics, and sports have been chosen to serve as Grand Marshals in the Tournament of Roses since 1890. Among those previously chosen as Tournament of Roses Grand Marshals were primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall (2013), director George Lucas (2007), Mickey Mouse (2005), composer John Williams (2004) astronauts Buzz Aldrin (1999), Alan L. Bean, Charles Conrad Jr., Richard F. Gordon Jr. (1970), singer Frank Sinatra (1980), and former U.S. presidents Gerald Ford (1978), Dwight D. Eisenhower (1964) and Herbert Hoover (1944).
Last year’s Parade actually sported not the usual one, but three Grand Marshals. They were long-distance swimmer Janet Evans, a five-time Olympic medalist who has broken seven world records; sprinter Allyson Felix who won three gold medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games and two gold medals and a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics; and diver Greg Louganis, who has won a total of 5 Olympic medals, 5 World Championship titles and 47 national titles—more than any person in U.S. history. His records remain unbroken.
Pasadena born and bred, Tibbet has been a volunteer member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses since 1980. He was appointed a Committee Chair in 2001, a Director in 2004, and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2010.