Much to the delight of local residents, the Cowan Christmas Parade’s celebrity grand marshal this year is Grammy Award-winning singing legend Brenda Lee.
The parade takes place at 1 p.m. on Dec. 7 in downtown Cowan. The lineup will begin along Davis Street and Henderson Lane, behind South Middle School, and the official parade route will start at the former Cookie’s Market and end at Cowan Elementary School.
The parade also has a local grand marshal, and the selection this year is Jeff Pennington, a familiar voice on WZYX radio.
The Cowan Christmas Parade has become one of the most cherished holiday traditions in Franklin County and tends to draw celebrity grand marshals due to the community’s close proximity to Nashville.
Dubbed, “Little Miss Dynamite,” Lee began her recording career at age 12 and captured audiences with her unique voice and stellar live performances.
She has recorded and charted in several genres of music, including pop, rock, easy listening, country, R&B and gospel.
Her many hits include “I’m Sorry,” “Jambalaya,” “Fool #1,” “That’s All You Gotta Do,” “Break It To Me Gently,” “All Alone Am I,” “I Want To Be Wanted,” and “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” an essential track for the Christmas season.
Lee, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Hit Parade Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Music Hall of Fame.
She has performed for Queen Elizabeth II and even has a rose named after her.
In honor of Lee as the parade’s celebrity grand marshal, the parade theme this year is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and event organizers are very excited to see all of the “rockin’” parade entries
Local grand marshal Pennington has covered the news in Franklin County for 38 years.
He received his degree in broadcasting from Middle Tennessee State University in 1983 and at one time was an owner of WZYX.
Pennington has been a member of Cowan Commercial Club for 34 years and held the office of president at one time. He has devoted his time to many causes, including the “Christmas from Landyn and Levi Toy Drive.”
Pennington has always been willing to assist any organization, his neighbors and anyone who needs a helping hand.
Following the Christmas Parade, a meet and greet with Lee and Pennington will be held at Monterey Station. Refreshments will be provided by the Sweet Southern Spirit Bakery in Cowan.
The Cowan Christmas Market at Monterey Station will open Dec. 6 from 4-9 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The market is a great opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done with more than 50 vendors on location offering a wide variety of unique items. While there, participants can enjoy scheduled entertainment and visit food vendors.
On Dec. 6 at 6 p.m., the Cowan Fire Department will arrive with a special VIP guest, Santa Claus.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children to have their free photo taken with Santa and to let him know what’s on their Christmas list this year.