Nintendo’s Mario and Luigi to be grand marshals for Derby Days parade

Nintendo's Mario and Luigi will be the official grand marshals of the 2016 Derby Days Parade.

  • Thursday, July 7, 2016 1:07pm
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Nintendo’s Mario and Luigi will be the official grand marshals of the 2016 Derby Days Parade.

“Nintendo has been a great community partner for many years. That’s why it’s so exciting to have Mario and Luigi as grand marshals of this year’s parade,” said Redmond Mayor John Marchione. “We appreciate the strong support of our local business community to help make Derby Days a success every summer.”

Derby Days celebrates many aspects of Redmond including having its local restaurants, artists, breweries and businesses play a role in the festival’s competitions and activities. This year’s festival theme is Ready, Set, GO, which highlights the historical roots of Derby Days as a celebration filled with contests, games and bike races.

“Mario and Luigi are thrilled to help celebrate the City of Redmond – the community Nintendo of America has proudly called home for more than three decades – in this fun, family oriented Redmond Derby Days festival,” said Flip Morse, senior vice president of corporate resources at Nintendo of America.

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“Every year a grand parade marshal is chosen with thought and intention,” said event manager Rachel Van Winkle. “We want someone who represents Redmond, fits the festival theme and is loved by the community. We are so excited about our grand marshals this year.”

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