November 20, 2018


FROM: Barbara W. Simpson
            Cultural Arts and Special Events


Prattville Announces Grand Marshals for Christmas Parade
The City of Prattville is pleased to honor Ann Boutwell, Larry Caver and Barbara Gaston as Grand Marshals of the 2018 Christmas Parade, recognizing them for their tireless volunteer efforts during the Alabama 200 Celebration and the 200th Birthday of Autauga County.
During the past year, Larry Cavers has worked to put together an exhibit that shows the history of Autauga County for the past 200 years. This massive undertaking was a great success, serving hundreds of local students and members of the community. People from throughout the United States took part in the exhibit with stories and visuals about their ancestry and connection to Autauga County. Mr. Caver’s roots run deep in Autauga County, going back to 1822 when his ancestors came here from South Carolina. His fond love of local history and genealogy are apparent through the several books he has written relating to Autauga County and Alabama and in his service to our community.
As a member of the Alabama 200 Committee for Autauga County, Barbara Gaston has worked diligently to bring the “Making Alabama: A Traveling Bicentennial Exhibit” to Prattville and with pulling together an army of volunteers to assist with the exhibit during the time it was here. She also managed fundraising efforts and worked with Mr. Cavers with the Autauga County exhibit. Ms. Gaston lives in Prattville and serves as the volunteer Interim Director for the Prattaugan Museum and the Autauga County Heritage Association.
Ann Boutwell is well-known in Prattville for her years of volunteerism and her efforts to preserve not only the recorded history of Prattville, but also historically significant buildings and other structures in Autauga County. Ms. Boutwell represents the volunteers with the Daniel Pratt/Continental Gin Company Preservation Project and their efforts to maintain the historic integrity of Prattville and Daniel Pratt’s founding legacy.
Prattville’s Annual Christmas Parade will be held Friday evening, November 30, at 7:00 p.m. and will begin at the Autauga County Courthouse, proceed through historic Downtown Prattville, ending at the Stanley-Jensen Football Stadium.
For more information, contact the Special Events Office at 334-595-0854.
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