Monday, October 18, 2021
CLOSE
 
LeVar Burton Named Grand Marshal of Rose Parade
By City News Service
Published October 5, 2021

LeVar Burton (IMDb)

Actor LeVar Burton was named today the grand marshal of the 2022 Rose Parade, with the Tournament of Roses hailing him as not just an accomplished performer, but also an advocate for literacy.

Known mainly for his roles as Kunta Kinte in the miniseries “Roots” and as Lt. Cmdr. Georgi La Forge in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” the 64- year-old Burton was also the longtime host and executive producer of the award- winning PBS educational series “Reading Rainbow.”
As grand marshal, he will oversee the 133rd Rose Parade, which is themed “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” The parade will make its way along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena on Jan. 1, following its cancellation this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Burton, after introducing his wife Stephanie to the crowd gathered at Tournament House in Pasadena for the announcement, said he was “thrilled” to accept the offer to serve as grand marshal.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I come from a family, a home (where) the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl Game to follow has been a part of our family for years and years,” he said. “Steph and I have continued that tradition. … We are over the moon and beyond thrilled to be part of this amazing event.” Burton noted that the announcement was made on National Teachers Day.

“So if you know a teacher, hug one, if you’re vaccinated,” he said.  On Monday, the Tournament of Roses announced the seven members of the 2022 Royal Court that will attend dozens of public events leading up to the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.

The seven members are:

— Jeannine Brigs of John Marshall Fundamental High School;

— Nadia Chung of La Canada High School;

— Ava Feldman of South Pasadena High School;

ADVERTISEMENT

— Abigail Griffith of Pasadena High School;

— Swetha Somasundaram of Arcadia High School;

— McKenzie Street of Flintridge Sacred Heart; and

— Jaeda Walden of La Canada High School.

Members of the court are chosen from among hundreds of applicants each year, based on criteria including public speaking, academic achievement, youth leadership and community and school involvement. One of the seven Royal Court members will be chosen as the 103rd Rose Queen, with the announcement set for Oct. 26 at the Tournament House in Pasadena.

Categories: Entertainment | Local | News (Family) | TV
Tags: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |

Get the Los Angeles Sentinel App!



Since 1933 The Voice of Our Community Speaking for Itself.
88 Years of LA Sentinel.
Black News.
SEARCH:    
Videos


Black Fact of the Day


Photo of the Day

Events

LA Sentinel
in your pocket:





TOS-Cookbook-Web

LA Watts Times

 
© 2021 Los Angeles Sentinel All Rights Reserved • A Bakewell Media Publication

AboutArchivesContact UsCorrections & MisprintsMedia Kit

Terms of ServicePrivacy Policy

LA Watts TimesTaste of Soul

Close / I'm already on the list

Subscribe Today!

Don't be limited anymore! Subscribe Now »

** Existing subscribers, please Login / Register for Digital »

Subscribe to The Los Angeles Sentinel for only $5.99 $3.99 per month, with 1 month free!

Relax in comfort each week as you read the printed newspaper on your own time, delivered weekly to your home or office. This subscription also includes UNLIMITED DIGITAL ACCESS for all of your devices. Includes FREE shipping! One easy payment of $3.99/month gets you:

Subscribe Now »