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Astronaut to be grand marshall of parade

The variety of people visiting and living in Nevada County is endless.

Come September, NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman will be the co-grand marshall at the 42nd annual Nevada City Constitution Day Parade.

Reisman, who works at the Lyndon Johnson Space Center in Houston, is the son-in-law of Dave Francis, owner of Las Katarinas Mexican Restaurant on Broad Street in Nevada City. Francis helped the Constitution Day Parade Commission arrange Reisman’s trip to town, said commission chairman Dennis Cassella.

“This is the first time we’ve had someone of this caliber as grand marshall,” Cassella said. “In the past, we’ve invited the president, the governor of California, the chief justice of the U.S. and California, but none has ever been able to attend the parade.

“In one parade, we did have a letter from President Reagan congratulating Nevada City for being a bicentennial community. The letter was brought to us by bicycle from Washington.”

Reisman completed his first space flight in June. He spent three months in space and did seven hours of extra vehicular activities during one spacewalk.

Nevada City will present Reisman the key to the city during his trip, Cassella said.

“I’m going to ask Grass Valley to do the same,” Cassella added.

Besides attending the Constitution Day parade on Sept. 14, Reisman is expected to make two public presentations at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Grass Valley Veterans Building.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is selling a T-shirt showing Reisman in his astronaut gear to raise money for Reisman’s trip.

A complete schedule of events during the Constitution Day weekend is available at the Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce and at the City Hall in Nevada City, Cassella said.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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