Longtime Taft business owner and civic leader John Miller was named grand marshal for the 2013 Taft Christmas Parade.
The announcement came Wednesday afternoon during the annual all-service club luncheon at the Fort auditorium.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kathy Orrin made the announcement.
Miller owned and operated Ideal Market for many years before opening and operating Pacific Perforating.
He also served on the West Kern Community College District Board for many years.
Miller will ride the in vanguard of the parade, which will be held on Dec. 2 starting at 6 p.m.
The parade, as usual, will form at 8th and Center and proceed east on Center Street.
This year's theme is "California Christmas."