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ST. CHARLES, IL — Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy and their family have been selected as the grand marshals of this year’s Electric Christmas Parade in St. Charles.

The Electric Christmas Parade is set to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, on Main Street in downtown St. Charles. The celebrity couple currently lives in St. Charles and was married in September 2014 at the historic Hotel Baker in downtown St. Charles. Their wedding and their day-to-day life living in the suburbs has been featured on their A&E reality TV show, “Donnie Loves Jenny.”

“We couldn’t be happier that Jenny, Donnie and their family will be Grand Marshals of this year’s Holiday Homecoming Parade,” St. Charles Mayor Raymond Rogina said. “The city of St. Charles is appreciative of the positive light they have shed on our community and the entire Tri-Cities area with their reality show, Donnie Loves Jenny. … We are thrilled they will be a part of St. Charles’ much-anticipated holiday tradition this year.”

The couple, Rogina also noted, held a benefit concert at the Arcada Theatre and a VIP event at Hotel Baker earlier this year to raise funds for Generation Rescue, an organization dedicated to the recovery of children with autism spectrum disorders.

The Electric Christmas Parade is the “grand finale” of St. Charles’ two-day Holiday Homecoming.

“Having the Wahlbergs as the Grand Marshal is going to be so exciting,” Downtown St. Charles Partnership Executive Director Jenna Sawicki. “We are ecstatic to have them a part of this community event.”

Other events at the Holiday Homecoming include the Lighting of the Lights on Nov. 25, sleigh rides on First Street, visits with Santa and a holiday movie.

Here is a look at the schedule of activities for this year’s Holiday Homecoming:

Friday, November 25, 2016
Lighting of the Lights on the 1st Street Plaza, 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Free Holiday Movie at the Arcada Theatre: Elf, 10 a.m.
Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides on 1st St. Plaza, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Visit with Santa on the 1st Street Plaza, 1 to 4 p.m.
Electric Christmas Parade on Main Street, 5:30 p.m.

Santa’s House will open from 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Nov. 26 through Dec. 18. All Holiday Homecoming events and activities are free of charge.

For more information, visit www.DowntownStCharles.org/Holidays, call the Downtown St. Charles Partnership office at 630-443-3967, or email info@downtownstcharles.org.

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