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Thursday November 3, 2011

J.R. Martínez Named Grand Marshal of 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade

J.R. Martínez Named Grand Marshal of 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade

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Dancing With the Stars favorite and war hero, J.R. Martínez has been chosen to be the next Grand Marshal of the ‘Tournament of the Roses’ Parade!

Martínez has been selected to lead a procession of floats through Pasadena on January 2, 2012 before the 98th Rose Bowl football match. Martínez will also toss the coin at the beginning of the game.

“To be able to participate in this iconic American tradition on New Year’s Day is something I could only imagine,” Martinez said in a statement. “I believe everything happens for a reason and I’m grateful the events of my life have provided me with the opportunity to share my message of hope and possibility on New Year’s Day.”

“J.R. Martinez is an inspiration to us all and a natural fit for our theme Just Imagine…,” said Rick Jackson, president of the Tournament of Roses. “J.R. is not only a courageous and engaging role model for us all but has dedicated himself to helping not only servicemen and servicewomen, but all Americans facing challenges. His outlook on life is admirable and we couldn’t be happier to have the chance to celebrate the New Year with him as we entertain the millions of fans around the world during the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.”