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Boy Scout troop named grand marshals of St. Charles parade

Published: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 5:31 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles Boy Scout Troop One will serve as the grand marshals of the Electric Christmas Parade, the Downtown St. Charles Partnership announced Wednesday in a news release.

The parade is the culmination of Holiday Homecoming, a two-day event that also features a lighting of the lights ceremony, sleigh rides on First Street, visits with Santa and the showing of holiday movies.

It is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 on Main Street in downtown St. Charles.

Past grand marshals have included “Munger Road” writer and director Nick Smith and the founding members of the Downtown St. Charles Partnership.

Founded in 1913, Troop One was the city’s first Boy Scout troop and remains one of the oldest troops in the nation. It was chartered with American Legion Post 342 in 1934 and has remained with that organization ever since.

Notable members of Troop One include Bill Zimmerman, founder of Zimmerman Ford, and former mayors Fred Norris and Don DeWitte.

Parade organizers continue to seek volunteers for the event.

Interested individuals should complete and return the volunteer form, which is available at www.downtownstcharles.org/holidays.

For information about Holiday Homecoming, visit the website or call 630-443-3967.

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