MOUNT PLEASANT— In honor of their retirement and their support of the Mount Pleasant community, Jim and Marlene DePriest have been named the Grand Marshals for the annual Holiday Parade. The parade will take place on Thursday, December 1 at 5:15 pm through downtown Mount Pleasant.

“We can’t think of anyone more deserving than Mr. and Mrs. D to serve as the Grand Marshals. But of course, they only agreed if we let the students march with them. So, the DePriests and their students will be leading the parade this year” said Kristi Perry of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance.

The theme for this year’s parade will be “Christmas Movies.” Last year, the Christmas Vacation float was a huge hit so we hope that everyone will pick out their favorite Christmas movie and put together a fun entry. If you plan to be in the parade, please contact the Chamber for the details and to get registered.

The Chamber has added a new twist to this year’s parade. There will be a stage set up on Monroe Street near Central Park where Mark Hempen will serve as our emcee and will be announcing the entries this year. Come downtown early, get your spot and enjoy some beautiful Christmas music while you wait for the parade to begin.

The parade will begin on Jefferson behind the Methodist Church and will head south on Jefferson to Monroe Street. They will turn and go one block east to Main Street. The parade proceeds back north to the church and will end at Saunders Street. The beautiful Central Park in downtown Mount Pleasant will be the perfect place to watch for Santa to arrive!