Mickey Mouse Selected as Grand Marshal for the 2005 Tournament of Roses

In a ceremony held Tuesday at Tournament House, Mickey Mouse was revealed as the Grand Marshal for the 2005 Tournament of Roses, themed Celebrate Family. Tournament of Roses President Dave Davis was joined on stage by Disney Legend Julie Andrews to announce the beloved Disney icon as the Grand Marshal who will lead the family-themed New Year's Day celebration in Pasadena, Calif. As Grand Marshal, Mickey Mouse will represent the Tournament of Roses theme to a worldwide television audience as he rides in the 116th Rose Parade, and as he tosses the coin before the 91st Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2005.

"Mickey Mouse has brought entertainment, joy and laughter to families around the world for 75 years, and we couldn't think of a more ideal Grand Marshal to help us Celebrate Family in 2005," said Davis. "Mickey Mouse became a part of the Tournament of Roses family when he accompanied Walt Disney on his Grand Marshal ride in the 1966 Rose Parade, and we are delighted to welcome him back once again to help us spread New Year's cheer on Jan. 1, 2005."

"Gosh, it sure is swell be named the Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade and I can't wait to see everybody on Jan. 1 in Pasadena," said Grand Marshal Mickey Mouse when accepting his role as the 2005 Tournament of Roses ambassador. "It's a big year for me with big doings for Disneyland's 50th and all, but being in the Rose Parade is a great way to start the New Year!"

"We have been good friends for many years and I congratulate Mickey on being named Grand Marshal of the 2005 Rose Parade," said Andrews, Honorary Ambassador of Disneyland's upcoming 50th anniversary celebration. "Mickey has touched the hearts of families everywhere, and I look forward to watching him on January 1st and to joining him next May as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland."

2005 promises to be a big year in the life of Mickey Mouse. From being honored as the Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade to acting as Chief Host for the 18-month long global celebration of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, Mickey continues to be a beloved member of the Disney and Tournament of Roses families.

The 116th Rose Parade will take place on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at 8 a.m. (PT) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands from throughout the nation. Following the Rose Parade, at 2 p.m. (PT), the 91st Rose Bowl Game will feature a matchup between two championship teams, showcasing the best of collegiate football.