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From Story Teller to Center Stage

December 21, 2015 | Rose Bowl

Grand MarshallThe Grand Marshal for the 127th Rose Parade® presented by Honda, will be Ken Burns. Burns is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has a passion for telling the story of America. During his nearly 40-years in the film industry, Burns has won 14 Emmy® Awards, two Grammy® Awards and two Oscar® nominations.

On hearing the news, Burns released a video, saying in part, “In recognition of the centennial of the National Parks Service, the theme of this year’s Rose Parade is, “Find Your Adventure.” As an honorary Park Ranger, I couldn’t be prouder, and I encourage everyone, especially children, to find your park.”

Tournament of Roses President Mike Matthiessen added, “We’re so honored to have someone like Ken, who has devoted his life to telling the story of America, lead the Rose Parade – America’s New Year Celebration® – that provides hope and joy to millions of people around the world.”

The “Find Your Adventure” theme for the 2016 Rose Parade is a result of a partnership between the Tournament of Roses and the U.S. National Park Service, which will celebrate its centennial in 2016. Burns was the perfect choice for this year’s Grand Marshal because his 2009 film, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” focused on the ideas and people that helped propel the parks and the National Park Service into existence. The film won Emmy® Awards for “Outstanding Nonfiction Series” and “Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming,” as well as the 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award.

Burns said he’s never been to the Rose Parade in person before, “This will be a new adventure for me.” He added, “I’ll see you in Pasadena, and in one of our parks.”

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