Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Grand Marshal Named

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 Greenville, OH – Matt Light, Retired NFL Football Pro, Greenville Graduate, and Co-Founder of The Light Foundation, has been announced as the Grand Marshal of the Original Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. The parade will be presented by Main Street Greenville on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 7 PM in downtown Greenville with a 20th Year Anniversary Celebration kicking off at 3 PM to include family activities, dining, food trucks, holiday shopping, entertainment, and new this year a band parade/performance, and more! 

“It’s an honor to be named Grand Marshal of the horse parade this year. Growing up in Greenville and working on various farms taught me a lot about hard work and perseverance. Those lessons served me well in my football career, and I continue to feel the support of so many in the Darke County community through the work we do at the Light Foundation. I look forward to seeing our incredible downtown lit up and decorated, full of families and friends enjoying the parade and festivities. This parade continues to grow, and I’m grateful to be a part of it this year.” Said, Matt Light. 

Diana Stebbins, Parade Chair, said, “The committee is proud to honor Light for the positive impact he has had on our community in connecting young audiences to the outdoors. Congratulations, Matt, and thank you for all you and your team at The Light Foundation have done for the youth of Darke County and beyond.” 

Main Street Greenville is working hard to bring you a night full of Christmas Magic and will release details as they are finalized, so tune into their social media outlets in the months to come. Last year’s parade was magnificent and had over 

125 entrants. The annual tradition has kicked off downtown Greenville’s holiday season for two decades now with lighted horse-drawn carriages, hitches, and riders. An estimated 8,000 spectators create countless memories year after year, which is why it’s been listed in Ohio Magazine’s best parade list 4 times in the last 10 years. Mark your calendar, as this is one parade and celebration you won’t want to miss! 

For inquiries and support, please visit the website at: mainstreetgreenville.org/hometown-holiday-horse-parade, as the committee is accepting entries for the horse parade, band parade/performance, and sponsorship; it’s a great way to demonstrate community pride! 

The parade is recognized as one of the largest and most unique, non-motorized, and LIGHTED parades in the area. MSG takes pride in having a combination of over 125+ units of carriages, hitches, teams, horses, mules, and donkeys parading through downtown year after year and is excited to extend the invitation to area bands this year to help celebrate the 20th year. Have a hitch or a carriage? Part of a Horse 4H Club? Offer riding lessons or stall rentals? Part of a local school band? Gather your team and sign up to participate today; they’d love to have you at this year’s parade! Oh, and don’t forget to come up with a plan to LIGHT yourself up! 

While the city provides approximately 20% of the operating funds for Main Street Greenville, they count on business and individual donations to carry out all of the improvements and events in downtown Greenville. The support is crucial as they work to build community downtown and make Greenville a desirable place to live, work, play, and visit. Sponsoring the event offers a unique opportunity to reach a diverse audience and align your brand with a positive and memorable experience. Sponsors will receive exposure through marketing and promotional efforts, including social media posts, email newsletters, and targeted advertising campaigns. Additionally, sponsors will have the opportunity to showcase their brand through on-site activities and signage at the event. “We would love for you and your business to be part of this wonderful event! All forms can be found online at mainstreetgreenville.org / hometown-holiday-horse-parade.” Said, April Brubaker, MSG Executive Director. If you have any questions or need assistance in supporting the 2023 event, you may contact her at (937) 548-4998 / (937) 417- 3049 or abrubaker@mainstreetgreenville.org. 

About Matt Light: 

Matt Light is a graduate of Greenville High School and a former NFL Football player for the New England Patriots. In 2001 he established The Light Foundation on the outskirts of Greenville. Growing up in a rural community sparked Matt’s lifelong passion for outdoor adventure and discovery, and taught him the values of hard work and dedication that he and his team at the Light Foundation work to instill in the youth of our community through their unique outdoor programs. 

Over the years, the Light Foundation’s main facility located on the outskirts of Greenville, – Chenoweth Trails, has gone from a primitive site to a must-see facility that also serves the community by providing an outdoor space to learn and explore through their Outreach Program; where they partner with area youth-focused non-profits such as boy scouts, girl scouts, schools groups, youth groups and more by sharing their unique facility with them at no cost. 

All of which help impact the community by connecting young audiences to the outdoors and helping them develop the skills, values, and a mindset they need to create a meaningful and productive future.