Dionne Warwick brings love to the Rose Parade


By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Editor-in-chief of Pasadena Weekly

MUsic legend Dionne Warwick says she thinks that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world could use a little tenderness.

She will perform her signature song, “What the World Needs Now is Love” and her duet with Chance the Rapper, “Nothing’s Impossible”, in the first float “The Masked Singer” of the Tournament of Roses Parade 2022 on Saturday January. . 1.

“This chaos is maddening,” said Warwick. “I watched the Rose Parade, just like the other Thanksgiving and Christmas parades. They are fun to watch, especially for children.

She will be joined by her son, Damon “Nomad” Elliott. In February 2020, during season three, Warwick was revealed to be “Mouse” on the series.

The float features recreations of iconic outfits from Emmy Award-winning costume designer Marina Toybina.

“Monster,” the series’ first winner and a fan favorite comeback to season one, leads the way. The character was revealed to be T-Pain in the first season.

The “Monster” is flanked by “Flamingo” (Adrienne Bailon-Houghton) and “Hamster” (Rob Schneider). On the sides of the tank are masks of “Robot” (Lil Wayne), “Banana” (Bret Michaels), “Frog” (Bow Wow), “Flower” (Patti LaBelle), “Leopard” (Seal) and ” Crocodile ”(Nick Carter).

The “Men in Black” of the show, who hide the identity of the singers, will dance along the course. Joining Warwick are authentic costumes from his alter ego “Mouse”, “Russian Dolls” (Hanson), “Sun” (LeAnn Rimes, who will perform before the Rose Parade) and “Cameleon” (Wiz Khalifa).

Warwick recently hosted a stream on December 23 featuring footage from his Celebration of Smiles event in honor of his 81st birthday and a behind-the-scenes look at the CD “Dionne Warwick & The Voices of Xmas”. To check it, visit dionnewarwick.live.

“It’s basically to support Operation Smile and the Kind Music Academy,” she said. “I have worked with Operation Smile for 20 years. I’m trying to fundraise for doctors to do wonderful things for these babies. We need to keep our babies healthy and smiling like we did. “

Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries to children and young adults in developing countries who were born with a cleft lip, cleft palate, or other facial deformities.

It is one of the oldest and largest voluntary organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children around the world through access to surgical care.

Under Elliott’s direction, the Kind Music Academy educates Warwick’s “babies around the world” about the importance of music.

“When used with kindness, it can become a powerful tool to raise awareness and help people who really need it to achieve these four fundamental principles,” she said.

Warwick became a favorite on Twitter with her comments on Britney Spears’ tutorship, weird food combinations, and the world at large.

“It’s fun,” she said with a laugh. “I’m having a good time and apparently everyone is too.”

133rd Rose Parade

WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday January 1

OR: Starts at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard. The parade travels north on Orange Grove at a rate of 2.5 miles per hour, then turns east on Colorado Boulevard. Towards the end of the route, the parade turns north on Sierra Madre Boulevard and ends at Villa Street.

COST: Reserved tickets start at $ 60

INFO: tournamentofroses.com


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