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George Lucas Selected 2007 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal

The Force will be with the Tournament of Roses in 2007, as George Lucas is selected as the next Grand Marshal.

Tournament of Roses president Paul L. Holman was joined on stage Tuesday (Sept. 19, 2006) by Chewbacca and Wicket to announce the celebrated filmmaker as Grand Marshal, who will lead the New Year's Day celebration in Pasadena. As Grand Marshal, Lucas will ride in the 118th Rose Parade in front of a worldwide television audience, and toss the coin before the 93rd Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2007.

"George Lucas has brought excitement and entertainment to the world for 34 years. His creativity and talent has opened up new worlds for all of us to imagine, and has shown us how good nature can prevail. I cannot think of a better person to lead us down Colorado Blvd. on New Year's Day," said Holman. "We are delighted to welcome George to our Tournament family and hope he enjoys the experience as much as we will."

"It is a true honor to be named the Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade and I am eager to be in the midst of so many talented performers and magical floats," said Lucas, a native of Modesto, California. "While my mission has been to entertain others, the Rose Parade has entertained me all of my life. It is such a joy to be part of this historical parade, especially as it is the same year that marks the 30th anniversary of STAR WARS."

Lucasfilm Ltd., Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound have been nominated for more than 100 Academy Awards and received 40 Oscars and special achievement awards. In addition to his many projects, Lucas is also the chairman of the board of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, serves on the board of the Film Foundation and is a member of the USC School of Cinema-Television advisory board.

The 118th Rose Parade, themed Our Good Nature, will take place on Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, at 8:00 am (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands from throughout the nation. Following the Rose Parade, at 2:00 pm (PST), the 93rd Rose Bowl Game.

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Bill Desowitz, former editor of VFXWorld, is currently the Crafts Editor of IndieWire.