Schmidts named grand marshals of Parade of Lights

Nov. 2, 2018

Jim and Teri Schmidt have been named grand marshals of the 27th annual Parade of Lights in downtown Sioux Falls.

The event, presented by First Bank & Trust and organized by Downtown Sioux Falls Inc., will be held Nov. 23.

Jim Schmidt is a Lincoln County commissioner, and Teri Schmidt is executive director of the Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“Teri and Jim have been longtime cheerleaders for the city of Sioux Falls and all its citizens,” said Kyle Raph, board chair of Downtown Sioux Falls Inc. “They both share an excitement and enthusiasm for Sioux Falls and especially our downtown community. The Schmidts both lead organizations in our community that focus on people – this speaks to the heart of who they are, and it’s fitting they would lead this year’s parade.”

Nominations are open for the official junior grand marshal. Any young person of achievement from age 5 to 18 who has played an active role in the community in the past year is eligible. The selected young person will lead the Parade of Lights alongside the grand marshals and also will receive a $250 downtown gift card from First Bank & Trust.

Nominees will need to adhere by the following guidelines:

  • Must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
  • Must be available for the duration of the parade and awards ceremony from 7 to 9 p.m.

Click here for the nomination form. Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

The 27th annual Parade of Lights starts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 on Phillips Avenue at 13th Street, heading north to Fifth Street.

“This parade has become such an important part of Sioux Falls and is enjoyed by so many people each year … all due to the hard work of so many people. From dazzling lights to Santa, it’s sure to be a spectacular evening in our community,” Teri Schmidt said.

There will be six awards given at the end of the night to the floats judged by local community members.

Downtown Sioux Falls will accept float registrations until 5 p.m. Nov. 2.

Click here to download the float registration form.

Schmidts named grand marshals of Parade of Lights

Jim and Teri Schmidt have been named grand marshals of the 27th annual Parade of Lights in downtown Sioux Falls.

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