NEVADA CITY January 30, 2012 - David Painter, representing the Painter family and SPD Markets, has been named grand marshal of the 2012 Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade.
This year's 20th Annual Nevada City Mardi Gras Celebration is expected to draw a large and fun-loving crowd to Nevada City on President's Day Weekend.
The Grand Marshal will preside at the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball on Saturday night, Feb. 18, at Miners Foundry, and will be a featured guest in the Mardi Gras Parade through the downtown historic district at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.
"I'm flattered; it should be fun," Painter said of his selection. "This is all very new to me. I've never had an honor quite like this before." Painter will be accompanied in the parade by his wife, Sharon.
"Our Mardi Gras Committee wanted to recognize Dave and SPD for all they do for the community," said Cathy Whittlesey, executive manager of the sponsoring Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. "They have always been very supportive of the city's events and activities."
Painter has been active with the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce for many years, serving as president of its Board of Directors in 2011.
SPD has been part of the community since the early 1950s when co-founder Lawrence Painter opened a small grocery store on Broad Street. In 1959, Painter teamed with Western Auto dealer Bert See and butcher Joe Dilley and the threesome put their initials on the new Zion Street market.
Today, SPD also operates a second supermarket in Grass Valley and is under the management of a second generation of Painters; Dennis, David, Doug and Dean. The family business celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009.
King and Queen
Nevada City resident and businessman Artie Sawl and his wife, Nan, have been selected as Mardi Gras King and Queen for 2012.
Sawl was among the organizers and financiers two decades ago when the original Joe Cain Day Procession came to Nevada City. The event has since grown into the annual Mardi Gras celebration.
For information on Nevada City's 20th Annual Mardi Gras celebration, please contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692 or see www.nevadacitychamber.com.
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