Friday, November 28, 2014 · 7:08 a.m.
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The pygmy goat Oreo will lead the Mainx24 Parade this year. (Photo: Contributed)

Mainx24 is putting up a victory for the little guy, namely the East Ridge goat, Oreo.

The Mainx24 Parade Committee announced today that the local celebrity animal will lead the annual parade as grand Marshal on Dec. 1.

Oreo’s owners, Jeff and Samantha Viar, received a letter from the city of East Ridge on Saturday, explaining that they and Oreo were in violation of an ordinance that prohibits having swine and/or goats within the city limit. The couple has 30 days to comply and remove Oreo or face the possible seizure of the animal, according to the letter.

Samantha said that they are in the process of looking for a home just over the state line in Georgia. 

“It’s a big honor to have Oreo nominated to be grand marshal,” Samantha said. “It’s nice to know that some people still have hearts for animals.”

The vote to induct the goat as the front man of the parade was unanimous and meant to further bolster the event’s mission of celebrating an inclusive Chattanooga scene.

The invite was “a token of love and support for this animal and the Viar family for having to endure the stress and frustration during the last two months,” said Mainx24 co-chair Ken Hays in a prepared statement.

Oreo plans to be festively attired in a Santa hat for the parade and will appear on local attorney Barry Feinstein’s float. Although the 1-and-half-year-old goat is very friendly, Samantha said she is not sure how long he will stay on the float.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Jefferson and Main streets and will march down Main Street to Cowart Street. 

The annual event will feature marching bands, ART120 art bikes, the Chattanooga Roller Girls, the double decker bus, vintage cars, floats and Santa, in addition to some of Oreo’s fellow mammals as part of the Mutt Strut.

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