The Millersville Community Parade has announced Andrew T. Scheid as the 2013 grand marshal for the Oct. 26 parade. The parade committee reviewed 20 nominations this year for grand marshal. Each year a nominee is chosen based on his or her significant service to the Millersville community.
Scheid was raised in Millersville and is an alumnus of Penn Manor High School. He later attended Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Inc. for a degree in Specialized Business and a degree in Funeral Service.
His career with funeral services began in 1983, working at the former Richard M. Bair/Barry Funeral Home. In 1995 he founded the Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home on Old Blue Rock Road. In the spring of 2013 he opened a second location in downtown Lancaster.
As an active member of the Lancaster County community, Scheid once served as president of the Millersville Business Association and is an active member with the national, state and German Funeral Directors Associations. He is also a longtime supporter of the Millersville Community Parade and the Penn Manor Education Foundation. He is a member of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County and the Lancaster Alliance.
Scheid will lead the two-mile parade that continues to attract over 5,000 spectators. The parade starts at 9 a.m. at Penn Manor High School and ends approximately two hours later at the Student Memorial Center on James Street.
The parade has acquired over 140 entries and 2,000 participants, including numerous bands, dance troops, antique cars, inflatable costumes, and more. Millersville University will be well represented in the parade with over 20 entries.
A force of 135 volunteers are needed to pull off this very complex special event. There are over 35 different volunteer positions that orchestrate the entire parade day. Jobs include: lining-up floats, division marshals, inflatable costume characters, street intersection people, traffic control, sign installation, runners, and set-up.
The Millersville Community Parade is held the same weekend as Millersville University’s homecoming. These two events have always been held in conjunction with one another as a way to bring the community and the University together. The first Millersville Community Parade was held in October 1997 and is now in its seventeenth year.
For more information about the parade, visit the website at www.parade.millersville.edu or call 717-871-5627.