Tonight, the Ardmore Main Street Authority’s Fifth Annual Parade of Lights will honor one of its own as D. Allen Wint takes the lead as the first-ever grand marshal of the city’s nighttime parade.

 


Tonight, the Ardmore Main Street Authority’s Fifth Annual Parade of Lights will honor one of its own as D. Allen Wint takes the lead as the first-ever grand marshal of the city’s nighttime parade.

 

Ardmore Main Street Director James Lamey said Wint was selected because of his years of work and support for Main Street Authority.

 

“D. Allen is a former board president and he has done so much for the Ardmore Main Street program,” Lamey said. “He has been a dedicated volunteer. He, of course, has taken care of the volunteers within the program in food and support, just everything you can think of. He has been a great volunteer and a great board member.”

 

Wint said he was “totally” surprised at his selection as grand marshal.

 

He said he is looking forward to riding in the little red convertible that will lead off the more than 75 entries in tonight’s parade.

 

“When James called me a couple of weeks or a month ago, I thought he was joking. He said it was unanimous,” Wint said. “I’m ready for the parade. Today I worked on the hors d’ oeuvres for the party tomorrow night that we’re having for the Main Street Authority and businesses.”

 

Lamey said the Main Street Authority members are considering naming a grand marshal each year for the parade. Criteria will be decided by the promotions and parade committees and names will be determined by a ballot vote of the committee.

 

Although the Parade of Lights has only existed for five years, Wint said it is not the only time he has participated in a “parade” downtown after dark. One year at the annual tree lighting ceremony at Central Park, some of the vendors who sold drinks and snacks at the park took their carts down Main Street.

 

“I had a vendor cart on big wheels that had hot roasted peanuts in it and I rolled that down the street,” he said. “I’d stop along the way and give hot cider away and bags of peanuts to people.

 

“Our downtown is just growing and it’s exciting. We’ve got some new restaurants and it’s built some enthusiasm for businesses,” Wint said. “There’s something unique about a small-businessperson who can do a business and compete with the big-box store.”