Actor Gary Sinise named grand marshal of 2018 Rose Parade

Actor Gary Sinise waves to fans during his Walk of Fame Star ceremony in Hollywood, California on April 17, 2017. Sinise was the recipient of the 2,606th star on the Walk of Fame. ( AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN )

PASADENA, Calif. — Actor Gary Sinise was named grand marshal of the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade Monday morning.

Sinise is an Academy Award nominee and distinguished humanitarian, according to a Tournament of Roses news release.

The grand marshal will ride in the 129th Rose Parade, which is themed “Making a Difference,” on January 1, KTLA reported. The grand marshal will also participate in pre-game festivities at the 104th Rose Bowl Game later that day.

Isabella Marie Marez, a resident in Altadena and senior from La Salle High School in Pasadena, was selected on Oct. 18 as the 2018 Rose Queen. Marez became the 100th young woman to hold that role.