Washington Redskins player named Grand Marshal of Middletown Christmas parade

Preston Smith

Washington Redskins starting linebacker Preston Smith will be the Grand Marshal at Middletown’s Christmas Parade on Sunday.

Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh and Bryan Stutzman, General Manager of Jim Stutzman Chevrolet Cadillac, made the announcement Thursday afternoon.

It is not Smith’s first time in Middletown.

“Smith was our grand marshal for the 4th of July parade. He had so much fun he wanted to return again and it worked out that he had Sunday open,” Harbaugh said.

The Stutzman family is sponsoring Smith, paying for the $3,000 appearance fee.

“This follows in our line of community involvement,” Stutzman said. “We have been here in this location (on Valley Avenue) for 37 years and believe in being a community partner.”

The Middletown Christmas Parade is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. The route begins at Lord Fairfax Community College, travels down down Main Street to Fifth Street to Church Street and ends at the town offices, Harbaugh said.

More than 100 bands, floats, cars and other entries will be participating in the parade, he said.