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Actress Grand Marshal of Parade

October 1, 1997

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Everything is coming up roses for Carol Burnett.

The six-time Emmy winner will be the grand marshal of the 109th Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.

``I think this is one of the greatest honors I could ever have, to be a part of this fantastic tradition, and so I’m already starting to practice my wave and all of that,″ Burnett said Tuesday.

The theme of the parade, which precedes the Rose Bowl football game, is ``Hav’n Fun.″

Burnett, whose ``The Carol Burnett Show″ was the longest running variety show in television history, was chosen because she symbolizes lighthearted fun, said Gary Dorn, president of the Tournament of Roses Parade.

``Carol Burnett has spent a good portion of her life reminding us of those lighthearted times with the good humor she brings to her roles on stage, screen and television,″ he said.

Past grand marshals include Jimmy Stewart, Walt Disney, Bob Hope, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gregory Peck, Hank Aaron, Lee Iacocca, Angela Lansbury, Carl Lewis and Kermit the Frog.

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