McLaren Central Hospital Named Grand Marshal of Lighted Christmas Parade

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – The staff and directors from McLaren Central Hospital will serve as grand marshal of the 2018 Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Michelle Sponseller, Downtown Development Director shared, “This year’s Christmas Celebration marks two milestones, McLaren Central commemorating 75 years as Mt. Pleasant’s community hospital, and the 25th anniversary of Mt. Pleasant’s Christmas Celebration.”  She continued, “Since 2004 a local organization who has given so much to our community throughout the year, is honored in this special way at the popular lighted parade.”

Previous grand marshals include:

  • 2017       Max and Emily’s People Helping People Program
  • 2016       Central Michigan University (125th anniversary)
  • 2015       PEAK program
  • 2014       Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation (25th anniversary)
  • 2013       United Way of Isabella County
  • 2012       Goodrow Fund
  • 2011       Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
  • 2010       Chippewa River District Library
  • 2009       Toys for Tots
  • 2008       Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
  • 2007       Hospice of Central Michigan
  • 2006       Child and Family Enrichment (CAFÉ)
  • 2005       Isabella Community Soup Kitchen
  • 2004       Friends of the Broadway
  • 2003       Mr. and Mrs. Sheehan

Martin Tursky, McLaren Central President & CEO stated, “It is an honor to be selected as the grand marshal for this year’s event.  We look forward to the festival and celebrating with the community in December.”

The Lighted Christmas parade begins at 6 p.m. in downtown Mt. Pleasant, and is one of several events taking place Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 for the 25th annual Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration. Additional activities include a community sing-along and tree lighting ceremony on Friday night; and a pancake breakfast and visits with Santa on Saturday. For details, go to