Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwell is the Grand
Marshal of the 2018 Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade,
presented by Cheez-It®.
Since taking over as team president in 2007, Bidwill has helped
the Arizona Cardinals reach new heights on the eld and in the
During his tenure, the franchise has gone .500 or better in
eight of the 11 seasons, appeared in the NFC Championship
game twice and advanced to Super Bowl XLIII. Additionally,
Bidwill was instrumental in the creation of State Farm Stadium,
which hosted the 2016 College Football Playoff National
Championship game and is home to the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
Additionally, State Farm Stadium was selected as the site for
Super Bowls XLII, XLIX and LVII (2023), the 2015 Pro Bowl and
two NCAA Final Fours (2017 & 2024). Bidwill has established
himself as one of the most in uential leaders in Phoenix as a
strong advocate for economic growth and development.
“I am incredibly flattered to serve as Grand Marshal of the Fiesta Bowl Parade this year, particularly
after reviewing the list of previous honorees. The Fiesta Bowl’s impact on this community extends far
beyond simply staging elite college football games. These contributions reflect a year-long commitment
that has made the Fiesta Bowl such an iconic and respected institution and I’m proud to join them for
this December’s parade.”
Senator John S. McCain III
represented the state
of Arizona for 30 years.
He was dedicated to serving
our country and standing
up for what he believed
was right. John was a Naval
Aviator for over 20 years,
where he repeatedly risked
his life for his country and
spent time as a prisoner
of war in Vietnam.
The McCain Family has
to serving greater than
themselves, from their
McCain Institute for
International Leadership at Arizona State University to ghting
to improving the lives of those less fortunate, such as victims
of human traf cking and those who suffer from human rights
violation across the world.
Fiesta Bowl executive director Mike Nealy welcomes
Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill to the Fiesta
Bowl family as Grand Marshal of the Fiesta Bowl Parade
during a press conference on September 13, 2018.
In honor of this year’s parade theme, Fiesta Forty Eight |
State Forty Eight, 10 children from kindergarten to fth grade
were chosen to be the Junior Grand Marshals for the 2018
Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade, presented by Cheez-It®.
A group of volunteers chose the winners after participants
submitted a drawing illustrating, “What Arizona Means to
You,” with the 10 best drawings selected as your 2018 Junior
Grand Marshals. Scan your phone below to see the winning art!
Honorary Grand Marshal
Senator John S. McCain III
Junior Grand Marshal
Art Contestant Winners