Joel D. Valdez – 2011

Joel D. Valdez currently serves as a special adviser to President Robert N. Shelton of the UA Foundation, offering guidance on the University’s growth and development and the UA’s role in the city’s Modern Streetcar Project, the future expansion of the Marriot University Park Hotel, the potential redevelopment of the northwest corner of Speedway and Campbell…

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James “Big Jim”Griffith – Grand Marshal 2010

The Tucson Rodeo Parade is honored to present, James “Big Jim” Griffith as its 2010 Grand Marshal. Teacher, founder, anthropologist, author, story teller, award-winning musician, and folklorist all describe the 2010 Tucson Rodeo Parade Grand Marshal, James “Big Jim” Griffith. For over four decades Big Jim has studied folkways and religious expression throughout the United…

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Mayor Robert E. Walkup – 2009 Grand Marshal

Mayor Robert E. Walkup was elected to his third term as Mayor of Tucson in 2007. During his tenure there have been numerous fundamental changes in the way the Tucson region operates. Under Mayor Walkup’s leadership, Tucson has begun utilizing its share of Colorado River water in 2001 to supplement its potable water supply and…

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Cele Peterson – 2004 Grand Marshal

2004 Mrs. Cele Peterson Cele Peterson is with absolute certainty, one of the most outstanding members of Tucson. She has been a member of the business community for over 70 years and has received several awards for her success. Her undying devotion to countless civic organizations and philanthropic affairs is an inspiration to us all.…

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