Rita Moreno Named One of Three Co-Grand Marshals for 2020 Rose Parade

Rita Moreno was one of three selected to be co-grand marshals for Jan. 1. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

By Terry Miller

The 2020 Tournament of Roses grand marshals were announced Tuesday morning in Pasadena—one at a time.

Laurie Hernandez, Gina Torres and Rita Moreno were named as co-grand marshals during the elaborate ceremony at the Tournament House in Pasadena.

Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican actress, dancer and singer whose career has spanned more than 70 years. She has won all four major annual American entertainment awards, including an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. Moreno is well known for roles in the musical films “The King and I” and “West Side Story,” as well as a 1971–77 stint on the children’s television series “The Electric Company,” and a supporting role on the 1997–2003 TV drama “Oz.”

Olympic medalist and gymnast Laurie Hernandez. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

Olympic medalist and gymnast Laurie Hernandez said, “That is representation that I have always wanted to see as a little kid and now you have three generations of it.”

Actresses Gina Torres. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

Actress Gina Torres added, “At this point in my career, to actually be acknowledged as a Latina woman, having not been able to be that for a great part of my career, for me is an incredibly emotional experience.”

The three accomplished Latinas broke out in dance following the highly anticipated announcement.

October 16, 2019

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