“Alias” actor Jennifer Garner was honoured as Hasty Pudding Theatrical’s Woman of the Year at a parade in historic Harvard Square Saturday afternoon.

Garner was paraded through the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Despite the frigid temperatures, Garner was all smiles as she waved to the hundreds of spectators along the parade route.

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“This is crazy. This is nuts,” Garner said, with jubilance in her voice, as she observed the large crowds from a red Bentley.

At the parade, Garner was accompanied by several of the theatre troupe’s members, who were dressed in elaborate costumes and drag.

Jennifer Garner takes part in a parade during Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year 2022 on Feb. 5, 2022 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770)
Jennifer Garner takes part in a parade during Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year 2022 on Feb. 5, 2022 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770)
Jennifer Garner takes part in a parade during Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year 2022 on Feb. 5, 2022 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770)
Jennifer Garner takes part in a parade during Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year 2022 on Feb. 5, 2022 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770)

Garner, 49, was bestowed the group’s iconic pudding pot at a traditional roast Saturday evening. Harvard’s famed theater troupe also performed its latest production, “Ship Happens”, after the roast. This will be the organization’s third time featuring both men and women in their cast and its first production in two years since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020.

Jennifer Garner speaks during Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year 2022 on February 05, 2022 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770)
Jennifer Garner speaks during Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year 2022 on February 05, 2022 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770) — Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770

Hasty Pudding Theatricals, which dates to 1844 and bills itself the third-oldest theatre group in the world, established its Woman of the Year award in 1951 to honour people who have made “lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment.”

Last year’s recipient was Viola Davis, and previous winners include Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Ethel Merman and Cher.

Hasty Pudding organizers said they chose Garner based not just on her career as an actor but also because of her record as a philanthropist and entrepreneur.

“As a talented actress and philanthropist, Jennifer is a role model to all of us at Hasty Pudding Theatricals,” said the award’s organizer, Jacqueline Zoeller, in a press statement. “It is so wonderful to celebrate her in this exceptional year with the organization’s return to stage.”

Jennifer Garner speaks during Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year 2022 on Feb. 5, 2022 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770)
Jennifer Garner speaks during Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year 2022 on Feb. 5, 2022 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770)

Garner was nominated for several Primetime Emmys for her role as Sydney Bristow in the television spy series “Alias”. She’s been lauded for her work in several movies including “Juno”, “Dallas Buyers Club” and “13 Going on 30”.

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