November 23, 2011
J.R. Martinez, the Iraq war veteran who was badly disfigured in a land mine explosion, danced away with the championship trophy on "Dancing With the Stars" on Tuesday. Martinez will be the grand marshal for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade on Jan. 2. The name "J.R. Martinez" was unknown to most Americans and stuck out when ABC announced the roster of celebrities competing in this season of the hit show. But that didn't last long. Continue reading > > ALSO : Iraq war vet and 'Dancing with the Stars' contestant named Roses grand marshal Glendale takes over Rose Parade float process -- Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times Photo: Dancing With the Stars winner and Iraq war veteran, J.R. Martinez, was named the grand marshal for Pasadena Tournament of Roses on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
November 1, 2011
J.R. Martinez -- a former soldier, actor and current contestant on “Dancing With the Stars” -- was named the grand marshal today for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade on Jan. 2. Martinez, who is current cover story for “People” magazine, underwent 33 surgeries after his Humvee triggered a land mine in Iraq in 2003 and he suffered burns over much of his body. Tournament of Roses Assn. President Rick Jackson announced Martinez on the front lawn of the Tournamnet House today, setting off a pop of red, white and blue confetti stars.
November 29, 2007
When the 31st annual Montrose Christmas Parade hits Honolulu Avenue on Saturday night, the procession’s leader might not talk much to the thousands of onlookers expected to turn out for the holiday tradition — he’ll more likely quack. The official grand marshal is slated to be none other than Donald Duck, a Walt Disney creation whose voice was brought to life by former Montrose resident and Honolulu Avenue merchant Clarence Nash. Nash, who died in 1985, was a Montrose fixture who once owned Anderson’s Pet Shop and never hesitated to impersonate his character while walking the small town’s streets, often with an entourage of children close behind, said City Councilman John Drayman, who grew up in Montrose.
June 8, 2001
Joyce Rudolph GLENDALE -- Jay Leno will be the grand marshal of Love Ride 18 scheduled for Nov. 11. Leno will lead more than 20,000 motorcyclists on a 50-mile caravan from Harley-Davidson of Glendale to a concert, barbecue and motorcycle trade show at Castaic Lake in the Santa Clarita Valley. The 18th annual event is expected to raise more than $1.25 million for the Los Angeles Times Reading by 9 literacy initiative and the Muscular Dystrophy Assn.
October 22, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman Organizers are putting last-minute touches on the revamped 55th annual Days of the Verdugos fiesta and parade, which will be led by National Guardsmen from the Glendale Armory. The 3rd Battalion of the 160th Infantry of the California National Guard, which defended two chemical plants and an ammunition depot in Utah for almost a year, will serve as grand marshal of the parade. "We thought it would be a great idea to have them because they just came back from their tour of duty," said Luis Aldana, president of the Glendale Junior Chamber of Commerce.
September 6, 2001
Joyce Rudolph GLENDALE -- Jay Leno will be the grand marshal of Love Ride 18 scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11. Leno will lead a pack of more than 20,000 motorcyclists on a 50-mile caravan from Harley-Davidson of Glendale to a concert, barbecue and motorcycle trade show at Castaic Lake in the Santa Clarita Valley. The 18th annual event is expected to raise more than $1.25 million for the Los Angeles Times Reading by 9 literacy initiative and the Musical Dystrophy Assn.
November 18, 2000
Alecia Foster MONTROSE -- Eleven-year-old Cora Gullett almost guessedthere were 17 wrapped gifts in Santa's bag, sitting in a Montrose storefront window. But something changed her mind. "I just had that little feeling that said, '16,' " she said. Her final guess was right on and with it came the honor of becoming the Montrose Christmas Parade's Jr. Grand Marshal. The grand marshal contest was just one of the many events that drew hundreds of residents to Honolulu Avenue on Friday evening for the annual Montrose Christmas Tree Lighting.