Town of Duck Announces 11th Annual 4th of July Parade Grand Marshal

Pat Scarlett will serve as the 11th Annual Duck 4th of July Parade Grand Marshal in 2015 (Photo: Duck Fire)
Pat Scarlett will serve as the 11th Annual Duck 4th of July Parade Grand Marshal in 2015 (Photo: Duck Fire)

Duck, NC — The Town of Duck is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Pat Scarlett as the 2015 Grand Marshal for the 11th Annual Town of Duck 4th of July Parade scheduled for Friday, July 3, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Ms. Scarlett is a Duck resident and an active member of the Duck Community. Currently, Scarlett is the Assistant Manager for the Duck location of Kellogg’s Supply Co., Chair of the Duck Volunteer Fire Department Board, and a Support Firefighter. Scarlett has participated in the Duck 4th of July Parade annually including its pre-town inception when it was held by neighbors in Caffey’s Inlet. Every year you could find Scarlett driving Fire vehicle Utility 11 near the end of the parade playing music and waving to parade-goers. Scarlett also makes public service announcements as she drives in the parade such as reminding everyone that in an effort to maintain a safe community, fireworks are prohibited in Duck.

Pat Scarlett’s initials, P.S., could stand for “Public Servant.” Her path to public service and a community mindset started in New York. Scarlett was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, and then returned to Brooklyn. On May 29, 1973, Scarlett joined the NYPD and was in the first graduating class of female Police Officers which meant that, for the first time, women were put in uniforms and did the same police work as male officers when on patrol. During her time with the NYPD Scarlett was on patrol and taught in the Police Academy. She then worked in the Deputy Commissioners Office in the Youth Division before retiring after 20 years of service with the NYPD. Scarlett then dedicated the next three years to the Police Athletic League.   Upon moving to Duck in 1997, Scarlett quickly joined the Duck Volunteer Fire Department.  When asked about the service Pat Scarlett has provided to the community, Duck Fire Chief Donna Black said, “Pat is a grounding force of the Duck Fire Department. Her duty to serve, her commitment to her peers and her dedication to the department provides us with a consistent mentor and leader.” Scarlett is a strong and caring individual, and you can easily see that public service comes naturally to her. She has a passion and dedication for her work, and when she speaks of her time working with the youth in her district, many who still keep in touch with her today, it’s clear that the tough love and support she gave them had a positive and lasting impact.

When asked about her thoughts regarding the Duck 4th of July Parade and on being asked to serve as Grand Marshal, Scarlett replied, “It’s pretty cool and a great honor. It’s great to see how everyone has become involved in the event; the residents, the tourists, and returning visitors. The parade grows every year and yet it still provides a small town experience – even when packed with visitors.”

The 4th of July is a favorite time for visitors and residents to gather in Duck. While images of picnics, hot dogs and gatherings of friends and families come to mind for many, Scarlett says she “hopes everyone understands the purpose of the holiday and the parade – it’s not just about the hot dogs.” For Scarlett, the Fourth is a time to “think about our independence, our freedom, to fly the flag and to remember what others have done for us. It’s a privilege to live where we live.”

When asked about the selection of Pat Scarlett as Grand Marshall, Town Manager Christopher J. Layton said, “I have known Pat for many years and believe her to be one of the most generous, caring and genuinely good individuals that I have ever met.   She epitomizes all that is necessary to build a strong community and I am pleased that she can be recognized for her service.”

This year Grand Marshal Pat Scarlett will once again be driving Utility 11 and providing music, candy and public service announcements, but this year be sure to look for her at the start of the parade. And, while you are enjoying your post parade gatherings, remember: no fireworks, hot dogs with mustard only – or maybe a little sautéed red onion, the New York way – and be sure to keep in mind those who fought for our right to celebrate our independence.

The Town of Duck 4th of July Parade will take place on Friday, July 3, at 9:00 a.m. No part of the parade takes place on Duck Road (NC 12) which remains open to traffic. The one-mile parade route begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane, travels east towards the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then continues onto Christopher Drive to end at Pamela Court. Parade-goers are encouraged to arrive early and proceed down the parade route as far as possible toward the ocean to help public safety maintain open roadways along Duck Road. Drivers are cautioned that there will be increased numbers of pedestrians along and crossing Duck Road (NC 12) and slow moving vehicles entering and exiting the parade route and staging areas at Scarborough Lane and Christopher Drive.

The Town of Duck invites the public to go to the Town Green immediately following the parade at the Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road. The celebration will feature live music by Just Playn’ Dixieland, refreshments, and the awarding of parade trophies. Learn more at; follow us at Facebook, Instagram and Nixle at Town of Duck; on Twitter at DuckOBX; YouTube at DuckPR; call (252) 255-1286; or email While in Duck, please use #DuckNC & #Duck4th on your social media pictures and posts that you’d like to share!