Cooper named grand marshal of downtown’s Parade of Lights

Nov. 15, 2019

Retired city planning and development director Mike Cooper will be the grand marshal of the annual Parade of Lights in downtown Sioux Falls.

Cooper served the city for 32 years. Through his leadership, downtown experienced more than $200 million in building activity and development of green space.

The 28th annual parade is presented by First Bank & Trust and begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Mike. Sioux Falls has thrived under the guidance of his steady leadership. We want to take this opportunity to celebrate his contribution to our community,” said Joe Batcheller, president of Downtown Sioux Falls Inc.

Kate Jensen, a Lincoln High School freshman, will serve as junior grand marshal. She has been involved in the arts and sciences in the downtown Sioux Falls community by volunteering at the Pavilion’s Sidewalk Arts Festival, serving in the Teens as Teachers program and helping the local theaters.

“Serving as junior grand marshal for the Parade of Lights is a special opportunity, and Katie Jensen is the perfect choice for this year. She’ll shine in this position as she has with her participation in volleyball, the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts and volunteering at the Washington Pavilion. Congratulations to Katie and thanks to Downtown Sioux Falls for selecting her,” said Jessa Howes, who submitted the nomination.

Both marshals also will present two of the six float awards given out during the Parade of Lights After Party & Awards Ceremony at the Holiday Inn City Centre following the parade.

Cooper named grand marshal of downtown’s Parade of Lights

Retired city planning and development director Mike Cooper will be the grand marshal of the annual Parade of Lights in downtown Sioux Falls.

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