Fifth-grader to lead Luther Burbank Rose Parade

Should somebody wonder aloud if the Rose Parade is on for this year, you might respond this way:

"Verily, just as the tides still ebb and flow at Bodega Bay and the vines cling yet to hillsides from Carneros to Annapolis and winter rains once again send the Russian rushin', the Rose Parade will return to the heart of Santa Rosa in May."

You might mention, too, that a girl of 10 will be Grand Marshal.

The honor goes to fifth-grader Zoe Valrey because she made lemonade of last year's bitter news that declining sponsorships jeopardize Santa Rosa's 115-year-old Luther Burbank Rose Parade.

"I've always loved the parade," said Zoe, who's lived all her life on the parade route. "I really didn't want it to end."

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