Florence Henderson Named 2015 Grand Marshal

florence_hendersonTelevision icon and Owensboro native Florence Henderson will serve as Grand Marshal for the 79th annual Owensboro Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 21, 2015.

A graduate of Owensboro’s St. Frances Academy, Henderson is best known for her role as Carol Brady in “The Brady Bunch.” She was also the first woman to guest host “The Tonight Show” and had a successful career on Broadway starring in such musicals as Oklahoma, The King and I, and Fanny.

There is a good explanation why Florence Henderson has endured as one of the most beloved American entertainers of the last six decades. Long before her television fame, Florence’s talent, love of performing, and love of people were matched with an ethic of hard work and a curiosity to explore new dimensions. These qualities opened doors of opportunity and success soon followed in almost every genre of the performing arts.

“Each year the parade committee spends countless hours sifting through nominations and suggestions for its Grand Marshal,” said Adam Johnston, Owensboro Christmas Parade Chairperson. “We look for someone who has really put Owensboro on the map in a positive way or someone who has made a significant contribution to our great community.”

In honor of her achievements in the performing arts, Henderson is featured in Owensboro’s Hometown Hall of Fame housed at the Owensboro Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The theme for this year’s parade is “A Bicentennial Christmas” in honor of Daviess County’s bicentennial celebration. The parade typically features about 120 floats and other entries, making it the longest parade in the area. The public is invited to join the celebration on the Saturday before Thanksgiving in Downtown Owensboro, “where Kentucky starts Christmas.”