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The Parade starts on Main Street (near the Coleman Middle School), continues south and east to Highway 120, turns south to Buford Highway, and ends at Hardy Industrial Boulevard (see the Duluth Fall Festival map).
Grand Marshal: Amanda Weir
Grand Marshal of the Parade is medalist swimmer Amanda Weir. Amanda was a member of the 2016, 2012, and 2004 United States Swim Teams, winning a Silver medal in 2016 as part of the 400-Meter Freestyle Relay, Bronze medal in 2012, and two Silver medals in 2004.
Amanda holds many of the sprint freestyle age group records for USA Swimming, and set her first record at age 12. She is a graduate of Brookwood High School in Snellville, and attended both the University of Georgia and the University of Southern California.
We recently enjoyed watching her compete in the Rio Games.
Honorary Grand Marshal: Kathryn Parsons Willis
Our Honorary Grand Marshal is Kathryn Parsons Willis. She was born in Duluth and has lived there all her life except for nine years away in school. She worked for sixty two years at Parsons, the family business started by her grandfather in 1876. She had 5 children and now two of them and their spouses, including our 2016 Chairperson, Kay Montgomery, have taken over her store, Parsons Gifts in Cumming. She has always been heavily involved in her church, Duluth First United Methodist, and in all things pertaining to Downtown Duluth. She was on Downtown Development Authority for many years and worked from the beginning on the ‘New Duluth” concept. She was one of the organizers of Duluth Fall Festival 34 years ago and has worked with it ever since. She has served on many Boards in Gwinnett County, including the Gwinnett Hospital Board for twenty two years, and has won numerous awards. However, her passion has always been Everything Duluth!