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January 1, 1966 – Walt Disney is the Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade
“This master showman [Disney] has brought joy and laughter to millions in every part of the world.” – J. Randolph Richards, on choosing Walt as Grand Marshal
On January 1, 1966, the 77th Tournament of Roses Parade took place in Pasadena, California. Presiding as the Grand Marshal that year was Walt Disney, who was accompanied by Mickey Mouse as he was driven down the parade route in a white Chrysler Impala. Several costumed characters walked alongside Disney, including Alice and the White Rabbit, the Three Little Pigs, and Goofy. The theme of the parade was “It’s A Small World,” and with Disney leading the parade, it reminded everyone of how universal Disney films and characters had become(and also gave Disney publicity for the new attractions from the New York World’s Fair opening in Disneyland that year).