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Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, a gun violence survivor who has dedicated her life to preventing more firearm injuries and deaths, will serve as the grand marshal for the 2023 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.
“Our selection for the 2023 grand marshal is a perfect example of how to valiantly turn the corner,” Amy Wainscott, the president of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, said at a press conference Thursday morning.
“Turning the corner” is the theme for the 134th Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game. The parade and game will be held Jan. 2.
“Our lives can change so quickly — mine did when I was shot, but I never gave up hope,” Giffords said Thursday in Pasadena, after accepting a bouquet of red roses. “It can be so difficult, losses hurt, setbacks are hard, but I tell myself, ‘Move ahead.’ … I’m finding joy in small things.”