George Takei will act as grand marshal for this year's Seattle Pride Parade, to the geeky delight of thousands across the city.
Takei, an oustpoken gay man and human rights activist, is best known for his role as Sulu in the original Star Trek series. In his twilight years, he has become something of an internet phenomenon thanks to his Facebook page, which quickly became one of the most popular on the social media site thanks to his meme-tastic posts about Star Wars, gay rights, and cute animals.
"As an actor, social justice activist, social media power, author of 'Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back' and 'Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet,' and star of upcoming Broadway musical Allegiance, Takei has used his roles and public persona to advance LGBT and human rights around the world. Mashable.com reports Takei is the most-influential person on Facebook, with more than 6.4 million likes. Takei has more than one million followers on Twitter," the Pride Parade wrote in a statement.
Most recently, Takei made a surprise appearance narrating the new music video from pop duo Karmin:
The Seattle Pride Parade is Sunday, June 29 at 11:00am on 4th Avenue, downtown.