The Town of Duck has named former Mayor Gene Schwarz as the Grand Marshall for the Town’s 6th Annual Independence Day Parade, being held on Monday, July 5, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. The Town of Duck honors a contributing member of the Duck community in the annual parade by naming them Grand Marshall. Schwarz’s commitment and influence in the Town’s development, as well as his services to the community, encouraged the Town to honor him with the title.
Schwarz has been a full-time resident of Duck since 1995. He is a graduate of Purdue University and received his Master’s Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. He served honorably in the United States Marine Corps rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring from the military in 1980 and worked as a project manager for EG&G Washington Analytical Services Center.
Schwarz has played an active role in the Duck community. He currently serves as a member of the Duck Volunteer Fire Department and Duck United Methodist Church. He was instrumental in the incorporation of the Town of Duck as the chairperson of the Duck Incorporation Committee and was appointed to serve on the Interim Town Council upon Duck’s incorporation in May 2002. Schwarz was elected to the Town Council to serve a one-year term in November 2002 and re-elected in November 2003 to serve a two-year term, during which time he served as Mayor. He chose not to seek re-election at the end of his term on the Town Council.
Schwarz still resides in Duck with his wife, Rosalie, and has been traveling the world upon completion of his role as Mayor. Travel includes Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Schwarz says that he and his wife travel at least once a year.
Schwarz feels that the Duck Town Park is a great asset to the Duck community. “Had we not incorporated as a Town in 2002, we wouldn’t have the beautiful park to enjoy,” said Schwarz.
The Town’s Annual Independence Day Parade is being held on Monday, July 5th, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. If you are attending the parade, please arrive early so you can get a good spot on the parade route. Remember, NO PART OF THE PARADE IS ON DUCK ROAD (NC 12). And parking in Town is at a premium, so please plan to walk or ride your bicycle, and get here early!
The one-mile parade route is the same annually. It begins at the corner of Duck Road (NC12) and Scarborough Lane. The route follows Scarborough Lane towards the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then winds down Christopher Drive finishing back at Duck Road.
For more information on the Parade or other Town of Duck inquiries, visit www.townofduck.com or call (252) 255-1286.