Who’s the Leader of the parade? M-I-CK-E-Y! Fresh from his 3D debut in the direct-to-video feature, Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, Disney icon Mickey Mouse was selected to Grand Marshal for the 2005 Tournament of Roses. At a ceremony held yesterday at the Tournament House, Tournament of Roses President Dave Davis was joined on stage by film and Broadway legend Julie Andrews to announce that the beloved, 75-year-old toon star will lead the family-themed New Year’s Day celebration in Pasadena.
As Grand Marshal, Mickey Mouse will wave to a worldwide television viewership as he rides in the 116th Rose Parade. His duties also include tossing the coin before the 91st Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2005.
“Mickey Mouse has brought entertainment, joy and laughter to families around the world for 75 years and we couldn’t think of a more ideal Grand Marshal to help us Celebrate Family in 2005,” said Davis. “Mickey Mouse became a part of the Tournament of Roses family when he accompanied Walt Disney on his Grand Marshal ride in the 1966 Rose Parade, and we are delighted to welcome him back once again to help us spread New Year’s cheer."
2005 promises to be a big year in the life of Mickey Mouse. In addition to getting a CG makeover and being named Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade, he will act as Chief Host for the 18-month-long global celebration of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland.