Grand Marshals main attractions of Christmas parades

Published 11:00 pm Friday, November 30, 2012

Grand Marshals may not upstage Santa Claus at Christmas parades around the country but they will certainly be main attractions in the parades in the tri-cities of Troy, Brundidge and Goshen.

The Grand Marshals of the City of Troy Christmas Parade Monday night were selected by random draw from the participating students in kindergarten through second grade in the Troy City Schools.

Janet Motes, Troy special projects coordinator, said a grand marshal was picked from each of the schools within the city.

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The Grand Marshals for the Troy Christmas parade will be Jayden Amon Jones, kindergarten, New Life Christian Academy; Gracie Lowery, kindergarten, Covenant Christian School; Will Freeman, first grade; Pike Liberal Arts School; and Joe Schlarman, first grade, Troy Elementary School.

The grand marshals of the Troy City Christmas Parade will ride on the float with Mayor Jason Reeves and the members of the Troy City Council at 6 p.m. Monday.

Hattie Flowers, a lifelong resident of Brundidge, was selected by the parade committee of the sponsoring Brundidge Business Association as the grand marshal of the city’s Christmas parade on Tuesday night.

“Hattie Flowers is a dedicated member of our community,” said Lamar Steed, parade chair said. “She knows just about everybody and knows a lot of the personal history of our community. We are honored to have her as our grand marshal and she was humbled to have been asked.”

Flowers will ride in a place of honor at the Brundidge Christmas Parade 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Town of Goshen will honor two of its prominent citizens as dual grand marshals of its annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m. Friday.

Keith Snyder, a state highway department retiree, and Joey Jackson, recently elected Pike County commissioner, will lead the parade and preside over the festivities of the night, said Goshen Mayor Jack Waller.

The parades will usher in the Christmas season in their respective communities but everyone is invited to be a part of the fun as each of the towns celebrate the coming of the holiday season in their own distinctive way.