NORTH ADAMS -- The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and the City of North Adams announced that Paul W. Marino has been named grand marshal of the 58th Annual Fall Foliage Festival Parade, themed "Haunts, Legends, and Ghost Stories." Marino is well known for his Cemetery Walks and local historical tours of North Adams.
"Embracing the rich history of ghosts, legends and folklore in the area is a fun way to celebrate North Berkshire, which we really wanted to do this year," said parade director Danielle Thomas, "and we're thrilled that Paul will be leading the celebration. His vast knowledge of the local history and haunts will allow us to get really creative while also providing an educational component for the community."
Marino, a historian, writer and photographer, is a lifelong resident of North Adams and has spent more than a decade researching and documenting local history.
"Local history is interesting to adults, but essential for children," Marino said. "History is the story of where we come from, and local history is the story of where we come from as a community, and in some cases, as individuals. Children need to hear these stories. The history of North Adams is their own history."
The 58th Fall Foliage Festival Parade is coordinated by the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.
The parade will step off on Sunday at 1 p.m. from the parking lot at 830 Curran Highway and continue down the highway before winding through downtown North Adams.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Danielle Thomas at 413-499-4000, ext. 126, or fallfoliageparade.com.