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“Coach” Mike Finn was dubbed grand marshal of the 63rd Annual Tullahoma Christmas Parade at the Chamber of Commerce monthly membership coffee on Tuesday.

It’s “the most wonderful time of the year” to plan the 63rd Annual Tullahoma Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade. And to that end, the chamber announced Tuesday that this year’s parade will be led by beloved “coach” Mike Finn.

“Mike’s pride and dedication to Tullahoma youth sports is unmatched,” said Chamber Executive Director Hope Sartain. “He’s the unofficial number-one fan who supports our players creating a special spark of light for our players, coaches and parents season after season. His deep passionate voice can always be heard cheering from the sidelines and we are so happy to celebrate him this year.”

 “If you don’t know him yet, you will know him when you have children going through the athletic program in Tullahoma,” said executive board member Elizabeth Banks. “Your children know him by name and miss him when he is not present at their games. He has accidentally called a timeout because the referees thought he was a coach.”

 “Coach Mike is a number one encourager of my daughters,” said Natasha Barnett of Water’s Edge Chocolates. “He encourages my daughter to keep practicing every time he sees her. Our community is better because of Mike Finn.”

As grand marshal, Finn will lead the parade in the first car following emergency officials.

The grand marshal reception will take place at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5. The parade, sponsored by Stan McNabb Automotive Group, will begin traveling north on Jackson Street at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

 

Parade theme and entry

The theme of the parade was also announced Tuesday. 

Parade co-chairman Billy Philpott announced the winning theme, “Santa’s Workshop on Jackson,” submitted by chamber member James Fuller of SmartBank and selected from a dozen entries.

Fuller, who will be portraying Santa in the parade’s final float, shared a laugh with the rest of the gathering when it was announced his prize for submitting the winning entry would be a VIP ride on Santa’s float.

The float competition entry fee is $50. The deadline to enter is Monday, Dec. 2.

For more information about the parade, visit www.tullahoma.org.