Grand Marshall Doyle

Following on the heels of his percussion thunderation earlier this week, Doyle Lawson found himself in a ceremonial role last night, serving as the Grand Marshall for the 31st Annual Bristol Christmas Parade.

He waved and smiled like a real parade pro as the procession moved down historic State Street in Bristol, the famed dividing line between Virginia and Tennessee. Of course Santa was there, along with a bevy of colorful floats, marching bands, and fire trucks as residents from both sides of the border lined the route.

Doyle tells us that he had a big time leading the parade.

“Folks, we had the best time at the Christmas Parade in Bristol last night. My daughter Kristi and grandson Spencer rode with me, and we had so much fun on the lead float coming down State Street. It was great seeing old friends lining the streets to wave hello, and I sure appreciated the honor of serving as the parade’s Grand Marshal.

It was a first for me, and something I’ll never forget. I’m grateful to have shared that moment with my grandson especially. Priceless memories. And that’s what I wish everyone this holiday season, many great memories with your families.

Merry Christmas everyone!”

But it was right back to work this morning, as Doyle headed to Nashville to continue mixing his next CD.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.