PASADENA, Calif. (Dec. 13, 2019) – The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® is proud to announce the addition of Honored Guests for the 131st Rose Parade® presented by Honda. On January 1, 2020, Jaime Jarrín, Sonia Manzano and Ellen Ochoa – who further exemplify the theme of the 2020 Rose Parade, “The Power of Hope” – will ride together down Colorado Blvd. in a 1915 Pierce Arrow Model 48 made in Buffalo New York.
“These three amazing individuals exemplify the power of hope in both how they’ve aspired to be their best and how they’ve inspired those around them to reach higher, shared Tournament of Roses President Laura Farber. “With hope anything, in fact everything, is possible. Hope is more than simply the possibility of fulfillment. Hope is dignity and respect, joy and happiness, aspiration and achievement.
Jaime Jarrín – “the Spanish voice of the Dodgers,” Jaime Jarrín is one of the most recognizable voices in all of sports broadcasting, has been calling Dodger games since 1959. Last season, the Hall of Famer was added to the club’s Ring of Honor with his name being permanently affixed to Dodger Stadium. In 1998, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. In 1998, Jarrin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is a member of both the California Broadcasters’ Association Halls of Fame and the Southern California Sports Broadcasters’ Association, which awarded him the organization’s Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.
Sonia Manzano – For more than 40 years, Sonia Manzano has inspired, educated, and delighted children and families as “Maria” on Sesame Street. Named among the “25 Greatest Latino Role Models Ever” by Latina Magazine, Manzano broke ground as one of the first Hispanic characters on national television. Throughout her career, she has continued to contribute to enriching diversity on television, on the stage and in the educational realm. A first-generation American of Latin descent, Manzano’s tale is one of perseverance and courage as she overcame countless obstacles to become one of the most influential Latinas in television.
Ellen Ochoa – The first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery, Ellen Ochoa has flown in space four times, logging nearly 1,000 hours. She was the 11th Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, from 2013 until her retirement in May 2018. Prior to her astronaut career, Dr. Ochoa was a research engineer and an inventor, with three patents for optical systems. Ochoa currently serves on several boards, including as Vice Chair of the National Science Board. With six schools named for her, she has been inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame, the California Hall of Fame, and the International Air & Space Hall of Fame.