The Arnold and King families of North Adams have been selected as grand marshals for the 66th annual Fall Foliage parade presented by 1Berkshire. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, in downtown North Adams.

Both families emulate this year's parade theme, "Holidays on Parade," a celebration of all holidays and festivities throughout the calendar year.

Over 30 years ago, Wayne Arnold began decorating his house on East Main Street with just a few sets of lights on his porch. In 2020, with 7,000 lights, the display was recognized as Berkshire County’s best holiday light display. Today, the fourth generation of Arnolds are involved in the tradition.

From 1986 to 2015, MaryAnn and Leon King portrayed Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the city's annual tree lighting ceremony. They organize the annual emergency services toy drive and continue to volunteer for numerous organizations including events sponsored by the North Adams Police Department.

More information and applications to participate in the parade are available at tinyurl.com/3fccpvku.

Jeannie Maschino can be reached at 413-496-6256 or jmaschino@berkshireeagle.com.

Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989.