Karmin, the cute-as-a-button pop duo featuring Old Town native Nick Noonan and his fiance, Amy Heidemann, will be the Grand Marshals of the Old Town Riverfest parade, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 in downtown Old Town. Riverfest – an annual tradition in Old Town – kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday with a street dance and a Kids Idol singing event, followed by 9 p.m. fireworks. On Saturday, the fun starts at 7:30 a.m. with a 5k road race, followed by the 10 a.m. parade, soccer and football games, music, dancing and more.
Noonan – son of Mike and Judy Noonan of Old Town and a 2004 graduate of Old Town High School, where he excelled in the jazz program – and his fiance have had a whirlwind 18 months. Karmin broke through to the mainstream in April 2011 when their YouTube video of them covering Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” went viral and they subsequently appeared on Ellen; to date, the video has had 73 million views. One year later, Karmin’s major label debut EP, “Hello,” was released, hot on the heels of hit singles “Brokenhearted” and “Crash Your Party” and multiple television appearances. According to the band’s Twitter feed, they are expecting to release a full-length album in November. The Sept. 28 edition of Rolling Stone magazine will feature Heidemann on the inside cover of the “Women Who Rock” issue.