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Rose Parade (January 1, 2020)
January 1, 2020
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.
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.