Kool & The Gang kick off 50th celebration at Rose Parade

Kool and the Gang will kick off 2019 as Grand Marshals of the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California on New Year's Day.

Founding member Robert "Kool" Bell admits it's quite an honor for the funk band -- considering that it's generally a showcase for more traditional performers such as Bob Hope, John Wayne and Frank Sinatra.

Robert talked about Kool and the Gang serving as Grand Marshals of the 2019 Roses Parade: 

"We feel very good about that one. The Rose Bowl, you know, that's the ultimate in terms of parades and the games. I mean, we've played for the Orange Bowl halftime several years ago down in Florida. But the Rose Bowl, that's it! What better way to start the new year?"

2019 marks Kool and the Gang's 50th anniversary as recording artists. They've already circled July 3rd, the date in 1969 when their their self-titled first album was released, for  a special event. They're not ready to disclose a location or possible co-stars -- but they are longtime New Jersey residents and there are plenty of Garden State venues where a show could be staged.

Robert talked about where the band will perform during the Rose Parade:

"Well, we're on the float and I guess when we get in front of the main stage -- like Macy's and  the Thanksgiving Parade, and we've done that many times."

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