Audra McDonald Named Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal

Audra McDonald Named Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal

Alex Aghajanian, President and Chairman of the Board for the 2024 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, announces actor-singer Audra McDonald as the 2024 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal, on the front steps of Tournament House in Pasadena, Calif., on Dec. 1, 2023. (Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo)

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Updated: 12/1/2023

PASADENA, Calif.—Singer, actress, and six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald was named Dec. 1 the 2024 Tournament of Roses grand marshal.
Ms. McDonald “not only gracefully epitomizes our theme, but also perfectly personifies the power of music to move, soothe, excite and delight us all,” Tournament of Roses President Alex Aghajanian said as he made the announcement outside Tournament House in Pasadena.
The theme of the 2024 Rose Parade is “Celebrating a World of Music.”
Ms. McDonald’s six Tony Awards are more than any other performer, and she is the only person to win in the four acting categories. She also has two Grammy Awards and an Emmy. She received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2016 and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2017.
“I am so deeply honored to have been invited to serve as the grand marshal of the 2024 Rose Parade,” Ms. McDonald said. “As a California kid, raised in Fresno, ... the new year was always ushered in with the Rose Bowl. Every January 1st I'd wake up early to watch the parade and the game with my family.
“My dad, may he rest in peace, was a huge football fan,” she said. “Always rooting for his beloved Oakland Raiders—I know they’re not in Oakland anymore—and the Fresno State Bulldogs. And although his beloved Bulldogs have yet to make it to the Rose Bowl, the Fresno State Bulldogs Marching Band made their Rose Parade debut last year, so go Bulldogs.
“And my dad would just be so thrilled to know—surprised, but very thrilled to know—that I was serving as the Rose Parade grand marshal.”
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