"Because she is from Rhode Island we thought it would be fitting to honor her in the parade," Lavey said. "We are really honored to have her. I think she's a good representation of an intelligent woman from Rhode Island."
Culpo is expected to ride at the front of the procession in a blue Ford Mustang Cobra. Lavey arranged the appearance through the Miss Universe Organization, which requested that she sit in an American-made car, he said.
Olivia Culpo, a 19-year-old Cranston native, is an honor student at Boston University, accomplished cellist and is now one of the country's top beauty queens .