grand marshal


Definition of grand marshal 

: a person honored as the ceremonial marshal of a parade

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The parade grand marshal was Jim Corti, artistic director at the Paramount Arts Theatre. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "'One Aurora' celebrated in inaugural Pride Parade," 17 June 2018 Bellingham will hold its 147th Memorial Day parade on Sunday, May 20, starting at 1 p.m. The grand marshal will be Gerard Dubois, a Bellingham native who served in the armed services, including in Vietnam for 27 months. Rachel Lebeaux,, "Bellingham to hold Memorial Day parade May 20," 2 May 2018 The Grand Prix's celebrity grand marshal is movie star and Alabama native Channing Tatum. Cheryl Wray,, "Channing Tatum, 'The Bachelor' among stars at Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama," 17 Apr. 2018 The human grand marshal is 6-year-old Ava Gastion, a kindergartner from Madisonville. Bob Warren,, "Echo, the drug-sniffing dog, to be grand marshal of Mardi Paws in Mandeville," 16 Feb. 2018 Military grand marshals for 2018 include longtime Skokie resident Irv Abramson and J.Herman Sitrick, both World War II veterans who won military honors. Pioneer Press,, "Shortened Skokie Independence Day parade to honor hometown blues icon Clearwater," 25 June 2018 One of this year's grand marshals is tennis legend Billie Jean King, along with transgender advocate Tyler Ford and the civil rights organization Lambda Legal. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "Thousands in rainbow colors gather for New York City's gay pride parade," 24 June 2018 Earlier in the day, the Stoneman Douglas students served as grand marshals at the 28th annual Long Island Pride Parade, according to CBS New York. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Surfers, students honor slain Parkland teacher during Long Island Pride event," 11 June 2018 Crawford, the grand marshal, is used to standing out. Marcia Pledger,, "With women in the lead, Cleveland St. Patrick's Day parade marches for its 176th year," 17 Mar. 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of grand marshal

: a person who is honored by being made the leader of a parade

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