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Former mayor Meredith Perkins has been named grand marshal of the Downey Christmas Parade, taking place this Sunday.
Perkins is a two-time council members, serving from 1998 to 2006. As a council member, he helped oversee renovations at the Rio Hondo Country Club (now known as the Rio Hondo Event Center) and the creation of the skate park at Independence Park.
The skate park was renamed in Perkins' honor last month.
He's also heavily involved in the community, serving on boards for the Downey Junior Athletic Association, YMCA, Boy Scouts of America and the Optimist Club.
The Christmas Parade starts at 1:30 p.m. along Downey Avenue.