2013 Ameren Missouri Parade features Honorary Grand Marshal Mary Engelbreit

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Mary Engelbreit Named Honorary Grand Marshal For 2013 Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade

ST. LOUIS – October 9, 2013 – Nationally renowned artist and entrepreneur Mary Engelbreit has been named Honorary Grand Marshal of the 2013 Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“We are honored and truly thankful to have Mary serve as our grand marshal,” said Brian Hall, chairman of Christmas in St. Louis. “She is a true St. Louis treasure and national icon who has always given so much back to our community.”

Now in its 29th year, the parade will begin at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, November 28 from the corner of Washington Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown St. Louis. It will be broadcast live (starting at 8 a.m.) on KMOV-TV Channel 4’s “Great Day St. Louis.”

The Mary Engelbreit Story

A St. Louis native who went to work directly out of high school at an art supplies store, Engelbreit initially focused her talents on greeting cards, drawing attention from other companies anxious to license her artwork on a wide range of products; nearly 6,500 products in all, with more than $1 billion in lifetime retail sales. She was also editor-in-chief of the award-winning creative lifestyle magazine, Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion.

Today, thousands of retailers sell Mary Engelbreit products to her countless fans, and Mary Engelbreit Studios continues to add new licensees and product categories. Nearly 30 years after that first trip to New York, Engelbreit fulfilled her dream of illustrating children’s books, and is now one of a select few artists with three New York Times children’s best sellers.

2013 Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade in 29th Year

The annual Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade is hosted by Christmas in St. Louis along with presenting sponsor Ameren Missouri and the City of St. Louis.

In addition to dozens of magnificent floats and colorful helium balloons, the parade will feature area marching bands and the annual Battle of the Bands Contest. As a Christmas in St. Louis partner, the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission’s Holiday Magic http://stlholidaymagic.com/team will once again participate in this year’s parade.  The Holiday Magic mascot, Snowflake, will also be on hand.

Exciting Coloring Contest

Christmas in St. Louis will utilize Mary Engelbreit artwork for its first Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade Coloring Contest.  Kids ages 5 to 12 are encouraged to enter. The winner of the coloring contest will be named Junior Grand Marshal and receive an exciting ride in the parade! Download and print the coloring poster from http://www.maryengelbreit.com/cmss_files/attachmentlibrary/TreeOfOrnamentsLA.pdf

Download and print the rules and release form at http://christmasinstlouis.org/images/cisl_coloring-contest-rulesandentry_2013.pdf For all the details visit Christmas in St. Louis website.

About Christmas in St. Louis

Christmas in St. Louis christmasinstlouis.org is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting activities that inspire people to show their unique holiday spirit while enhancing the texture and heritage of the St. Louis community.  For more information, follow us on facebook.com/ChristmasInStLouis.
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