Albemarle selects Christmas parade grand marshal

Claude Harwood will serve as grand marshal for the Albemarle Christmas Parade at 4 p.m. Dec. 10 in downtown Albemarle.

Harwood, a native of Albemarle, has served the people of Stanly County for 70 years as a florist, sharing his talents with generations of families for all sorts of occasions.

Harwood has earned honors in regional, state, national and international floral design competitions and was chosen four times to decorate the White House for the holidays.

At the age of 90, Harwood continues to work as a florist at Blooms Royale flower shop in downtown Albemarle.

Harwood was selected as the grand marshal after being nominated by members of the community.

Members of the public who wish to participate in the Albemarle Christmas Parade can do so by entering a float. Sign up at www.albemarlenc.gov/christmasparade . The cutoff date for parade entries is Nov. 30.