Local newspaper editor and publisher Jeff Ackerman has been named grand marshal of the 2011 Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade.
Ackerman, longtime publisher of The Union, will appear and be honored in the annual Mardi Gras Parade, which rolls down Broad Street beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.
“The Union does a lot for our community and has done a tremendous job in helping us promote our event,” said Larry Birdsong, chairman of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Mardi Gras Committee. “We’re proud to have Jeff be part of our parade.”
Ackerman’s career with The Union has come full circle. He served as a reporter with the paper in the 1980s and went on to earn several promotions with parent company Swift Newspapers, Inc. before being named to The Union’s top management position and returning to Grass Valley in 2002.
“Mardi Gras is always a fun event and I’m looking forward to having a great time,” said Ackerman. “I’m honored to be the grand marshal.”
Also being honored at this year’s celebration are 2011 Mardi Gras King and Queen Tim and Nancy Brown, who are longtime volunteer organizers and coordinators of the Mardi Gras Parade. “They’ve been at it for several years and they’re very enthusiastic,” said Birdsong.
Duke and Duchess of the 2011 Mardi Gras celebration are Carl “Big Daddy” Spotts and his wife, Jackie, who each year recruit large numbers of their fellow members of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, Chapter 6 of Grass Valley, to prepare for and clean up after the Saturday night Masquerade Ball and Sunday parade.
Download the parade entry forms (entries are now open). For other information on Nevada City’s Mar. 5-6 Mardi Gras Celebration contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692.