KINGSPORT — Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey will be grand marshal for the 87th annual Kingsport Christmas Parade.
The parade — Saturday, Nov. 23, at 3:15 p.m. on Main Street — will wind through downtown Kingsport.
The grand marshal accolade is bestowed each year upon individuals who have a substantial impact on the greater Kingsport community, according to a press release from the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.
Ramsey, the first Republican Senate Speaker in 140 years, has been named “The Best Lawmaker for Business in Tennessee” by Business Tennessee magazine for his success in passing pro-growth policy to improve the state’s business climate.
Ramsey was elected by the First District of Sullivan County to serve two terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives and, in 1996, won election to the state Senate, where he currently represents Tennessee Senate District 4, encompassing Johnson and Sullivan counties as well as a portion of Carter County. As the Senate’s leading Republican, Ramsey was elected speaker of the Senate and lieutenant governor in 2007.
Ramsey lives in Blountville with his wife, Sindy. They have three daughters, Tiffany, Sheena and Madison, and three grandsons, Parker, Briggs and Graham.
Santa Claus will once again be the highlight of the parade. Santa will board the last fire engine in the parade upon his return from the Santa Train journey. The Santa Train will arrive at Cumberland Marketing at 151 E. Main St. in downtown Kingsport at 3:08 p.m.
In the parade, there will be memorial cars ridden by the families of Ed Moore and Frank Brogden — two longtime supporters of and volunteers for the Santa Train. Family members of Ed Moore are Johnny and Patsy Tally and Mae Moore. Family members of Frank Brogden are Rolien Brogden, Bob Brogden, Russ Brogden and Kathryn Allen.
To enter the Kingsport Christmas Parade, please contact Karen Jobe, parade coordinator, at (423) 392-8800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kingsport Christmas Parade will be broadcast live at 3 p.m. Saturday on WAPK-TV My Network TV and replayed at 1:30 p.m. Sunday on WKPT-TV. Roads will be blocked from around 12:30 p.m. for the parade.