Longtime Dodgers announcer Vin Scully was named grand marshal of the 2014 Rose Parade in a Thursday ceremony on the steps of Tournament House.
The beloved broadcaster will be joined by his wife, Sandi, for the 5 ½-mile ride down Colorado Boulevard on Jan. 1.
Scully told The Associated Press that his first reaction to being chosen was, “Wow.” The 85-year-old broadcaster said he thinks he was tapped for the honor because he’s been around a long time and that the current success of the Dodgers has something to do with it.
Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins says he chose Scully because he’s an accomplished person who possesses humility and integrity.
Scully joins the ranks of past grand marshals that include Mickey Mouse and Kermit the Frog, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, entertainers William Shatner and Bob Hope, former presidents Gerald R. Ford and Dwight D. Eisenhower and Baseball Hall of Famer Henry L. “Hank” Aaron.
“I am deeply humbled and greatly honored to be the Grand Marshal of the 125th Rose Parade,” said Scully. “I look forward to sharing this wonderful moment with my wife, Sandi, and the millions who will be watching.”
Last year’s grand marshal was primatologist Jane Goodall, who had never even heard of the Rose Parade or attended a football game.
Not only is the grand marshal featured on a float in the parade, the honoree will toss the coin before the Rose Bowl Game, which follows the parade. And Jan 1, 2014 marks the 100th Rose Bowl Game.
The announcement was made Thursday morning by Tournament of Roses Parade President R. Scott Jenkins.
“Vin Scully is incredibly accomplished and yet still so down to earth,” Jenkins said in a prepared release. “His own life is one in which many dreams have come true and even more importantly, he has been at the microphone describing for listeners everywhere the dreams of others coming true. I couldn’t be happier that he accepted my invitation to be the Grand Marshal. I know his fans everywhere are cheering right now.”
-- The Associated Press contributed to this story