Nick Giannaris, owner and president of the Four Points Sheraton and co-owner of the Airport Inn, was named honorary grand marshal for the Alsatia Mummers Parade, club officials announced Wednesday.
The 81st annual parade is Oct. 29 in Hagerstown and will feature more than 10,000 entries, parade chairman Jim McCleaf said. He said the parade draws around 150,000 spectators each year.
The parade's grand marshal traditionally is a well-known community leader, said N. Linn Hendershot, a parade organizer.
McCleaf said the marshal's main responsibility was to "sit back and have a great time."
"What can you say bad about Nick Giannaris?" McCleaf asked. "What better person is there for the grand marshal?"
Giannaris, 71, once said that his dream job was to become a great philanthropist. He grew up in Greece and came to the United States when he was 20 years old. He purchased the Airport Inn restaurant nearly a year later.