Jimmy Wallace, a long-time native of Boaz, will serve as grand marshal for the city’s annual Christmas parade Friday, Dec. 6.

Wallace, 60, has lived in Boaz for nearly 40 years. He is a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Sardis City and a member of the Guntersville Civitan Club at the Marshall County ARC.

He enjoys volunteering for Shepherd’s Cove Hospice, particularly working at the thrift shop.

In January of 2009, the court inside the Boaz Recreation Center was named Jimmy Wallace Court in his honor.

His mother, Martha Reed, said Wallace’s favorite hobby was “any sport involving a ball.”

Although he has special needs, Reed said she was proud of Wallace for always showing love for each person he meets — something she said was truly “out of the ordinary.”

The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. It will take the same route as last year. After starting on Billy Dyar Boulevard, the parade will take a right onto Elizabeth Street, then a left onto Alabama Highway 168. The route will then take a right onto Brown Street toward the Boaz Fire Department, then a left onto Mann Avenue and another left onto Alabama Highway 205. Once there, the parade will continue on Alabama Highway 205 until taking another left onto Line Avenue. The parade will then return and end on Billy Dyar Boulevard at the outlets. Parade participants should begin lining up at 4:30 p.m.

After the parade, Boaz will host Christmas Under the Stars at Old Mill Park where there will be cookies, hot cocoa, music and entertainment. Santa Claus and the Grinch will be stopping by and the city will showcase its first tinsel trail. Several businesses, churches and organizations have put up a tree inside the park.

“It’s like a Hallmark movie,” said Kelli Whorton, who helped put up a tree for Marshall-DeKalb Electric Cooperative. “When we’ve been putting up our tree, it’s been neat to see everyone come out and put up their trees too. It’s just a great thing for our community and see everybody come together.”

At 7:30 p.m., there will be a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. For the first time, the mayor and city council will light a 29-foot Christmas tree.

There will also be prizes awarded for the best trees, best parade floats and an ugly Christmas sweater contest.

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