P.O. Box 116
Leavenworth, WA 98826
P.O. Box 116, Leavenworth, WA 98826
The Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival Association has named David Severance, Leavenworth’s Father Chistmas, as the 2016 Parade Grand Marshal. Severance has been a leader in the Leavenworth community ever since he moved here 20 years ago. The folowing biography is a testimonial to his dedication and love for the Bavarian Village.
David Severance moved from Seattle to Leavenworth on August 15, 1996. On that day he joined the Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival Association, Projekt Bayern and the Royal Bavarians of Leavenworth. For the past twenty years, he has served the community through these organizations. David, and his twin sister, were born in 1943 in Seattle, Washington. Their father was serving in the South Pacific with the United States Marines. Returning shortly after fighting in the battle for Iwo Jima, he became a Naval Aviator and the family began traveling the United States while stationed at Marine Corps Air Bases. David, had public service in his blood and upon graduating from High School in 1961, he joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve. David and his sister moved back to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. David was on active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. David, wishing to serve his community, joined the Seattle Police Department in 1963, serving as a Patrolman for 30 years. While a police officer, David taught at Shoreline Community College, in the Criminal Justice Department, for eight years. He served as President of the Washington Criminal Justice Educators Association for two years. He served as Vice President of the International Footprinters Association, before moving to Leavenworth. One year after joining the Autumn Leaf Festival Association, David was elected President and served in that capacity for five years. In 2001, David was elected Kanzler of the Royal Bavarians and is currently their Vice Kanzler. In 1998, David joined the Marine Corps League, Detachment 806 in Wenatchee. He served as their Commandant for five years and is a Lifetime Member of the League. He also joined the American Legion, Post 10 in Wenatchee. In 1998, he joined the Chelan County Sheriff’s Citizens Advisor Committee, serving as Chairman from 1999 to present. He conducts a “Law Enforcement Appreciation Ceremony” to commemorate fallen officers, each May. He is Vice President of the Stevens Pass Greenway/Byway. In 1999, he joined the board of the Junior Miss Scholarship of Leavenworth Program and has continued on the board as it acquired the name of Distinguished Young Woman Scholarship Program. David joined the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce in 1996 and has been active with that organization. In 1997, David developed the Christmas figure “Father Christmas”, an Old World Christmas figure whose traditions followed the Pilgrims to the New World. He appears, in his green robes, annually, during the Christmas Lighting Festival and other occasions in Leavenworth and Wenatchee. About the same time, he became Saint Nickolas for Projekt Bayern for their Christkindlmarkt Festival. He now portrays each figure at the Christmas Lighting Festival. He has appeared as Father Christmas on “Good Morning America” several times (including a live stream to the New York studio of a Christmas Lighting ceremony), The “Today Show”, “Home and Garden Network”, the “Food Channel” and the “Arts and Entertainment Network, when Leavenworth received the “Ultimate Holiday Town” award. As Father Christmas, he has appeared in many Chamber of Commerce ads and videos for Leavenworth, broadcasted throughout the Pacific Northwest. David is a member of the Leavenworth Lions Club since 2006, serving as Zone Chairman and President and Secretary. David was selected in 2002, for the founding board of the Upper Valley Museum, where he held the position as Secretary/Treasurer and then as President for two years, and continues on the Board of the Upper Valley Historical Society as Secretary today. Though 73 years old, David is thankful that he can still contribute to his home town and community. David thanks the Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival board of Directors for choosing him as 2016 Grand Marshal for the Autumn Leaf Festival Parade and recognizing his dedication to service to his community.
The parade route for the 2016 Autumn Leaf Festival Parade changes slightly because of ongoing contstuction at the high school. It is possible that there may be some additional changes made if paving is complete before the event. It is recommended that parade participants check back here before the event.
To download a copy of the current parade route click here