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Fitz and The Tantrums will kick off Rose Parade

PASADENA — Colorado Boulevard will become one long dance floor as the pop group Fitz and The Tantrums open the 134th  Rose Parade on Monday, Jan. 2, the Tournament of Roses announced this week.

The Los Angeles-based multi-platinum group, known for such catchy indie pop tunes as “HandClap,” will perform atop the the float of parade sponsor Honda, “Forever Determined.” This marks the 13th time that Honda has led all floats as presenting sponsor of the Rose Parade.

Fitz and Co. will perform their infectious new song “Let Yourself Free,” the title track from their new album.

Fitz and the Tantrums perform on The Oaks stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, Calif. on Sunday, June 25, 2017. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Fitz and The Tantrums will perform on the main stage during the second day of the three-day Wonderfront Festival in San Diego on Saturday, Nov. 19. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums performs on day two of the three day music festival, BeachLife in Redondo Beach on Saturday, September 11, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Fitz and the Tantrums performs on the Lowtide stage during the BeachLife music festival in Redondo Beach on Saturday, September 11, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and The Tantrums performs at the OC Drive-In at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, September 5, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

From right, Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and The Tantrums perform at the OC Drive-In at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, September 5, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

From left, Noelle Scaggs and Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and The Tantrums perform at the OC Drive-In at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, September 5, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and The Tantrums performs at the OC Drive-In at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, September 5, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and The Tantrums performs at the OC Drive-In at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, September 5, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

From right, Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and The Tantrums perform at the OC Drive-In at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, September 5, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and The Tantrums performs at the OC Drive-In at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, September 5, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

From left, Noelle Scaggs, James King and Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and The Tantrums perform at the OC Drive-In at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, September 5, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

James King of Fitz and The Tantrums performs at the OC Drive-In at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, September 5, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

From left, Noelle Scaggs, James King and Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and The Tantrums perform at the OC Drive-In at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, September 5, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and The Tantrums performs at the OC Drive-In at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, September 5, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

The Fitz and The Tantrums perform to a sold-out audience at the OC Drive-In at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, September 5, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

The Fitz and The Tantrums perform at the OC Drive-In at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, September 5, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

City National Grove of Anaheim’s Drive-In OC series has proved to be a success as the venue is constantly adding more acts including upcoming shows with pop rock band Fitz and The Tantrums, DJ Gareth Emery and comedian Iliza Shlesinger. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

In this Sunday, June 25, 2017 file photo, Fitz and the Tantrums perform on The Oaks stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, California. The indie band will perform at the Darkside in Riverside convention on Saturday, Oct. 19. (File photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Los Angeles pop band Fitz and The Tantrums will headline City National Grove of Anaheim’s Drive-In OC series on Sept. 5 and 6. (File photo by Kelly A. Swift, contributing photographer)

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The performance will feature youth singers and the Rose Parade Youth Dance Group.

The band, founded by Michael Fitzpatrick in 2008, has racked up a string a pop/soul hits, including “The Walker” and “Out of My League.” The act is comprised of  Fitzpatrick (vocals), Noelle Scaggs (co-lead vocals and percussion), James King (saxophone, flute, keyboard, percussion and guitar), Joseph Karnes (bass guitar), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards) and John Wicks (drums and percussion).

Fitz and friends will provide the opening bookend to this year’s parade, with country legend Tanya Tucker closing the show.

The Grammy-Award-winning singer will be the grand finale of the 5.5-mile parade, performing her single, “Ready as I’ll Never Be.”

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Tucker will arrive at The Mansion Entertainment Group float on a Black Friesian horse. She’ll be joined by Pasadena’s First AME Praise Team choir for the performance of the song.

Tucker’s career spans more than 50 years, from her first country hit, “Delta Dawn,” in 1972, to her most recent single and coming album, with new music co-produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings and a new documentary, “The Return of Tanya Tucker – Featuring Brandi Carlile.”

In between, she’s had 23 Top 40 albums and 56 Top 40 singles. Ten of those reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country charts.

The parade itself is anchored on the theme of “Turning the Corner,” the idea of rising above – alone, or with family, friends and community.

 

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