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Cirino named Mardi Gras marshal in Nevada City

Every year, the naming of the grand marshal for Nevada City’s annual Mardi Gras parade comes with a bit of fanfare.

This year, parade organizers have selected Jerry Cirino, who has owned and operated Grass Valley and Nevada City restaurants for three decades, as grand marshal of the 2013 Nevada City’s 21st annual Mardi Gras Parade.

“Our Mardi Gras committee wanted to recognize Jerry for all he has done for Nevada City over the years,” said Cathy Whittlesey, executive manager of the sponsoring Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. “He’s always supported the chamber’s activities and, in fact, he is a co-founder of our Cooperative Advertising Program, which began 25 years ago and is still going strong.”

The grand marshal will preside at the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball on Feb. 9 at Miners Foundry, and will be a featured guest in the Mardi Gras Parade through the downtown historic district at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10. Last year’s marshal was SPD’s Dave Painter and the year prior was The Union’s former publisher, Jeff Ackerman.

“It’s a great surprise and it’s very humbling,” Cirino said of his selection. “I’m pleased and honored to represent the Cirino family.”

Cirino will be accompanied in the parade by his wife, Donna.

Cirino recently announced the closure of his longtime Nevada City restaurant and consolidation at his Cirino’s at Main Street restaurant in Grass Valley.

He said that despite the difficult business decision, he will always support Nevada City and continue membership in the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

“We’ll always be partners with Nevada City,” he said.

King and queen

Carl “Big Daddy” Spotts and his daughter, Michelle “Kaos” Cherry, have been selected as Mardi Gras King and Queen for 2013. Spotts is a member of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, Grass Valley chapter, which provides much of the volunteer labor and assistance in staging the annual Mardi Gras celebration.

Duke and duchess

Mary Ann Mueller Van Meter and her husband, Bill Van Meter, have been named Mardi Gras Duke and Duchess for 2013. Mueller Van Meter retired last year after more than 20 years as manager and executive officer of the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce.

For information on Nevada City’s 21st annual Mardi Gras celebration, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 530-265-2692 or see

Freelance writer Dave Carter contributed to this report.

“It’s a great surprise and it’s very humbling. I’m pleased and honored to represent the Cirino family.”
— Jerry Cirino

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