U.S. Olympic gold medalist swimmer Missy Franklin will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 42nd Annual Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, at 11 a.m. on Dec. 29, in central Phoenix.
As Grand Marshal, Franklin will lead this year’s Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade and will serve as special guest at the 42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Thursday, Jan. 3, where she will participate in the pre-game festivities and the coin toss.
Franklin burst onto the world athletic scene at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, winning five medals, including four gold medals. She also set the world record in the 200 meter backstroke on her way to the gold medal in that event. The 17-year-old Franklin is the latest in a long line of Olympians who have served as Grand Marshal of the Fiesta Bowl Parade.
The parade is free to the public, but reserved seating is available for $25 through the Fiesta Bowl Ticket Office at (480) 350-0911 or by visiting www.fiestabowl.org.