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The grand marshal of this year’s Fayetteville Christmas Parade, which is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, is Greg McArthur.
“Greg is a special gentleman that most of us know,” said Rickey Honey, director of the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department. “He is an avid sports fan of all local sports and can always be found on the square opening doors for the ladies and helping anyone who needs help.”
The parade marshals will be the Fayetteville High School football team, the Tigers, who made to the quarterfinals of the TSSAA-1A state playoffs before being defeated by the number one state-ranked South Pittsburg Pirates.
Saturday’s parade will get underway at 5 p.m., said department officials. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department holds the parade annually, and the 2013 parade theme is “A Southern Christmas.”
With just two days left before the deadline to enter the parade passes, officials said the parade will boost more than 100 entries. And, of course, the jolly ole man himself, Santa Claus, will be among the featured VIPs participating. Accompanying him in a separate horse-drawn carriage will be Mrs. Claus.
The parade will begin just north of the Elk River Bridge, winding its way from the intersection of the U.S. 64 Bypass along Main Street north to the intersection of Main and Washington.
The parade will be re-aired on Fayetteville Public Utilities’ Channel 6 with hosts Carolyn Denton of the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and Lucy Williams of The Times.
Organizers encourage everyone to be careful along the parade route. Still parade participants are not to throw candy to the crowd from the entries themselves, although, persons walking along in the parade are welcome to pass candy out.
This year’s parade will include mounted horses, something that’s been absent from the parade for several years.