Paula Deen Ushers in the New Year with Rose Parade

Celebrity Cook Paula Deen at the Night of the Village as part of The Womens Conference in Long Beach California on October 25, 2010. UPI/Lori Shepler

Paula Deen served as grand marshal of the 122nd annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. this morning.

The Food Network personality, chef and author rode in the back of a 1923 Rolls-Royce during the celebration to ring in the new year.

"I have rehearsed my wave," she told the News Sentinel (Knoxville) prior to the event. "They informed me that there are four or five different waves. One is the figure eight. One is the queen.

But would you like me to show you the Paula Deen wave?" The famous restauranteur raised her arms and shook them vigorously.

"I am not going to be able to be that regal and calm about it," she laughed.

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