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Harlem Globetrotters
News Release
Monday, January 09, 2012


Harlem Globetrotters legend Curly Neal and current star Blenda Rodriguez will serve as Grand Marshals of the 18th Annual MLK Grande Parade in Houston on Monday, Jan. 16.  Blenda will also serve as Grand Marshal of the 6th Annual MLK Youth Parade on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Curly and Blenda will partake in the festivities before the Globetrotters’ 2012 World Tour arrives to the Toyota Center in Houston on Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29.

As one of the truly iconic figures in basketball history, Curly Neal has passed the torch to an impressive team of current Globetrotters, which includes Blenda – one of today’s greatest ball handlers.  

Curly played more than 6,000 games in 97 countries during his 22 year career from 1963 to 1985.  With his #22 jersey retired, Curly still plays a role as an ambassador for the team, spreading goodwill throughout the country.

For more information about Houston’s MLK Parades, including times and locations, go to

Tickets to see the Globetrotters live in Houston are available at,, the Toyota Center box office, or by phone at 866.4HOUTIX.

Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 86th consecutive year in 2012, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site:

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