The AppleJack Festival in themed this year after its namesake Jack Brawner, but Rose Ralstin of Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce said everyone named Jack should feel special.
Brawner, the grand marshal of the parade, said he was honored to be selected as the grand marshal of the parade.
"I was overwhelmed to be honored that way,' he said.
Jacks were invited to go to the front of line at the pancake feed 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the fire station.
Mayor Jack Hobbie said he was at the pancake breakfast so early there were only four people ahead of ahead of him, but he appreciated the special recognition for Jacks.
"The pancake breakfast was one of my favorite events this year. It was a great way to start the festival for me, with a chance just to sit and talk and people," he said.
He said he valued the time with his wife Peggy and their grandchildren.
Brawner, who rode in the parade with his wife Margaret, called the parade spectacular and agreed with NCTC reports that it had the largest crowd ever.
Jack Brawner, the owner of a furniture store, was chairman of the Chamber of Commerce's retail trade committee in 1969 and is credited for giving the 45-year-old festival its name.