Ready, Set, Gold! Chairman John Naber will be part of KABC-7’s coverage of the New Year’s Day Rose Parade.
Naber, a resident of Pasadena who lives within walking distance of the famous parade route along Colorado Blvd., will serve as a street side reporter, a role he has performed for the last 25 years.
“I love the parade for many reasons,” he said. “Foremost, it’s a great way to kick off the new year and show off the wonderful weather California has. “Plus, the parade means so much for the city of Pasadena. As someone who lives here, it means a great deal to me personally as well.”
Naber, a four-time Olympic gold medal swimmer and one of America’s greatest backstrokers ever, said he got an opportunity to meet this year’s Grand Marshall, acclaimed actor Gary Sinise, earlier in the week.
“Watching the parade on television is great, but seeing it in person is absolutely spectacular,” he said. “The aroma of the flowers and the excitement of the crowd… it’s a sensory overload, really”.
Following the parade, of course, is the big Rose Bowl Game matchup featuring Oklahoma against Georgia. But Naber, who will awaken at 3 a.m. that morning, won’t stick around to watch it.
“The Trojans are not in it so I will be asleep,” said the USC alum.
Parade coverage begins at 8 a.m. and lasts for two hours.