America’s New Year celebration will have three Grand Marshals next year, officials with the Tournament of Roses announced Tuesday. Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, actress Gina Torres and Oscar–winning actress Rita Moreno will preside over the 131st Rose Parade on Jan. 1.
“The 2020 theme is ‘The Power of Hope,'” Tournament of Roses President Laura Farber said. “Rita Moreno, Gina Torres, and Laurie Hernandez epitomize hope. Through their talent, efforts, persistence and dedication, they have achieved excellence and have given back to the world stories of hope, dreams fulfilled, dignity, respect and inspiration.”
The marshals expressed their enthusiasm for the parade during a ceremony at Tournament House in Pasadena. Moreno, who has also claimed a Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, and a Grammy award in addition to her Academy Award during a six decade show business career, called the announcement a “dream come true.”
“The Rose Parade is something I’ve been seeing all my life on television,” Moreno said.
Torres, known for her work in shows such as “Firefly,” “The Shield” and “Westworld,” said she was proud to be chosen as a part of the Rose Parade family.
“As I’ve learned more and more and more about the Rose Parade, and the 936 volunteers that commit themselves every year for years and decades; it’s a team,” she said. “I am so honored to be part of this team.”
Hernandez, 19, won an Olympic gold medal as part of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team in 2016. She also won a Mirror Ball trophy on “Dancing with the Stars.”
“Being a part of it (the Rose Parade) is a big honor,” she said. “Like when I was a little kid, and I would watch the Olympics and hope to be there, I did the same with the Rose Bowl Parade. And now I have that opportunity as well.”