Jeannie Seely will serve as Grand Marshal of the 38th Annual Donelson Hermitage Christmas Parade presented by Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas” on Saturday, Dec 16.
Seely has been an integral part of the Donelson Hermitage community and participated in the parade for many years, as she and her husband Gene Ward joined their family on his restored 1935 Howe Fire Truck. The event takes place at 2 p.m. along Donelson Pike between Elm Hill Pike and Fifty Forward/Donelson Bowl.
“We regret that Brenda Lee is unable to attend the Christmas Parade this year, but when we were made aware that she would not be able to serve as Grand Marshal, there was no other person that we would rather reach out to than our very own Grand Ole Opry Legend and Donelson resident, Jeannie Seely! We are so grateful to her,” says Donelson Hermitage Chamber Executive Director, Terri Williams Nutter.
“Although I am as disappointed as everyone else that Brenda Lee has had to cancel her appearance in our Christmas Parade, I am truly honored to step in and serve as Grand Marshal. Those are big-size 2 1/2 shoes to fill! This has been an incredibly busy season for Little Miss Dynamite celebrating her 65th Anniversary of ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ and we wish her well,” says Seely. “Donelson is where I live, work, shop and play and I’m proud to participate in our community activities. See you at the Parade!!!”
Seely recently joined Flat River Band on a new tune for the holidays called “Christmas Time,” a festive original song available now for streaming and download here.
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