Mar 9, 2016
Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton has been named the Grand Marshal of the 2016 Delano 4th of July Parade. Dayton becomes the second sitting Governor to be named as Grand Marshal of the parade, Governor Tim Pawlenty was the Grand Marshal of the 2006 parade.
Dayton is Minnesota's 40th Governor. He was born in Minneapolis and raised in Long Lake. He has two grown sons, Eric and Andrew. Mark became a grandfather in 2013 when Eric and his wife, Cory had their first child, Hugo. Mark lives in St. Paul with his two German Shepherds, Itasca and Wanamingo (Mingo).
Mark attended Long Lake Elementary School and Blake School in Hopkins. He loved hockey, and it was his childhood dream to be the starting goalie on the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team! He didn't make it, but he was named an All-State goalie his senior year in high school. He graduated, cum laude, from Yale University, where he also played Division I hockey.
Mark currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Governor's Association. In 2015, President Obama appointed Mark to serve on the Council of Governors, which is responsible for advising the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security, and the White House Homeland Security Council on matters related to the National Guard and civil support missions.
The Delano 4th of July parade takes place Monday, July 4 at 10:30 a.m. The parade is Minnesota's Oldest and Largest and winds through downtown Delano.