Rome Christmas Parade officials named former city manager John Bennett as its 2015 Grand Marshal. This year’s parade, titled ‘A Colonial Christmas’, will be held on Tuesday, December 1 at 6:30 pm. The route will run from Broad Street at First Avenue to Riverside Parkway.

Bennett, who served as the city manager from 1984 to 2014, is said to have always been ‘extremely supportive’ of the parade. Jerry Rucker, Parade Chairman, said ‘John has always gone above and beyond for the people in the community’.