Valdese, NC – The Town of Valdese is proud to announce that Pat Draughn will honored as the Grand Marshal for the Valdese Annual Christmas Parade, which will be held on Saturday, December 3, at 10:00am.

Mr. Draughn is the current principal of Draughn High School and has been working at the school since it opened.  He has lived in Valdese for most of his life, and graduated from East Burke High in 1981. After teaching high school history for 20 years, he transferred to School Administration. He has coached football, wrestling, swimming and soccer, as well as serving as the Athletic Director during his first four years at Draughn High School.

“I am excited about being the Grand Marshal because, well, who am I? I’m just a regular guy, a regular Joe,” Draughn says. “But yes, it is exciting because Valdese and the people and the community here are important to me. Getting asked to be the Marshal is an honor that I’m sure Valdese people will understand.”

The parade will begin at the corner of Church St. and Main, and will conclude at the corner of Morgan St. and Main. “The Valdese Christmas parade kicks off the Holiday season for families, friends and neighbors to enjoy,” states Morrissa Angi, Director of Community Affairs and Tourism for the Town of Valdese. “This year, we are excited to have the Heritage Middle School 7th & 8th grade bands performing in the heart of Downtown along the parade route.”

The Piedmont & Western Railroad Museum will host an open house at the Old Rock School the morning of the parade. Parade visitors are invited to view the HO scale model railroad exhibit which stretches from Marion, NC to Leadvale, TN. Admission is free, and donations are greatly appreciated.

“I would also like to thank our Valdese Merchants Association for working so hard to coordinate the professional parade floats,” Angi adds. “This event is a great time to come together as a community to celebrate the holidays.”

For further information regarding the Christmas Parade and upcoming events in Valdese go to or call 828-879-2129.

Photo: The Valdese Christmas Parade is Sat., Dec. 3, 10am