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Christmas Parade set for Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
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Dr. Wally and Pat Bigbee will be grand marshals during the 2018 McMinnville Christmas Parade. The couple was selected by city officials for their dedication and community spirit. The parade kicks off Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m.

McMinnville’s Christmas Parade with a theme of Gingerbread Wonderland is set for next weekend.

The parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 2:30 p.m. with Wally and Pat Bigbee as grand marshals.

“Pat and I are honored to serve as the grand masters of the 2018 Christmas Parade,” said Wally. “We love parades. The only disadvantage of being marshal is that we will not be able to see the parade except at the end. The advantage is that we will get to see all the people enjoying it along the way.”

The Bigbees were selected by the city of McMinnville as a way to acknowledge their hard work and dedication in the community.

“I look forward to seeing many of my former patients,” said Wally, a retired doctor. “I thank you for trusting me to be your doctor and I thank all who helped at my office and at the hospitals. We thank all of you who have served and now serve, in making our community a better, safer place to live and raise children.”

Along with being community advocates, the Bigbees enjoy spending time outdoors.

Wally says exercise is a key to good health.

“I am most concerned that only about 10 percent of the USA population gets the amount of activity/ exercise needed to preserve health,” he said. “Recent reports show that such inactivity is as bad for health as smoking. Walking (or equivalent exercise) for 30 minutes five times a week with two sessions of weight-resisted exercise twice a week have been shown to improve length and quality of life. It reduces blood pressure and heart rate, lifts depression, reduces the incidence of diabetes, mental loss and some cancers.”

Lineup for parade entries begins at noon at the Civic Center. The parade begins at 2:30 p.m. and will follow its traditional route down from Clark Boulevard to Main Street and end at the intersection of Main and Colville streets.