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Walden named grand marshal of Cherry Blossom parade
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The International Cherry Blossom Festival has named Macon music icon Alan Walden as the Grand Marshal for the GEICO Pinkadelic Blossom Parade, scheduled for March 23 in downtown Macon.

Walden is most notably credited with co-founding Capricorn Records in Macon in 1967. The label is responsible for acts such as the Allman Brothers Band and Lynryd Skynyrd, as well as developing the careers of legendary musicians like Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Percy Sledge, Etta James, and many more.

Along with his partners, Walden helped break down the racial and cultural barriers in the music business by representing more than 40 African American musicians in the 1960's making him one of the largest African American artist management companies in the United States.

Over the years, Walden has received numerous awards for his contributions to music including his induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

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