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Marana Founders' Day Parade Grand Marshall Brad DeSpain and his wife Donna (Source: Marana Heritage Conservancy) Marana Founders' Day Parade Grand Marshall Brad DeSpain and his wife Donna (Source: Marana Heritage Conservancy)
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MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Marana is hosting the 36th annual Founders' Day Celebration in March. 

Festivities will begin on March 8 at the Ora Mae Harn Park (13250 N. Lon Adams Rd. Marana) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The theme for the 2014 parade is ‘Farming, Ranching, and Mining' with long time resident and local rancher Brad DeSpain serving as Grand Marshall. 

DeSpain has been actively involved in the community since 1997 when he served as water utilities director; from 1999 until he retired in 2009, DeSpain was in charge of all the town's utilities.  Also on hand for the parade will be Tucson News Now's own Joan Lee, as parade narrator and morning anchor Mark Stine will serve as emcee of the festivities after the parade. 

This community event will showcase local school and youth groups performing chorus, dance and musical presentations in the morning, while a live band will entertain the crowds in the afternoon.  There will be artisans and vendors, community organizations and a variety of food vendors on hand as well as a Kids' Zone and a vintage tractor display/show, something for everyone in the family.

The event is free thanks to the Marana Heritage Conservancy and its community outreach program.    

For more information on the festivities and parade click here - www.maranaheritage.org

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