Cookeville –WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS will continue its 30-year tradition of airing the Cookeville Christmas Parade live on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. on WCTE’s main channel, in addition to livestreaming the event at wcte.org/watch/livestream.
The parade has two themes this year: A Cookeville Storybook Christmasand R.E.D. – Remembering Everyone Deployed– in particular the 278th Armored Calvary Regiment. First National Bank, the overall parade sponsor this year, has chosen to honor members of the 278th and their families by making them honorary Grand Marshalls. The co-Grand Marshall is Mr. Lehman Riggs, Putnam County’s oldest living veteran at 98 years old. There will be prizes for the best parade entry and candy will be passed out, not thrown, throughout the parade route.
WCTE’s Becky Magura, Avery Hutchins and Brent Clark will be hosting the live broadcast from the northwest corner of the courthouse, as the parade makes its way down Washington Avenue and turns onto Broad Street at the courthouse square. The trio is excited to host one of the community’s most beloved events.
“We are honored to be airing the Cookeville Christmas Parade again this year,” said Brent Clark, Director of Content & Digital Media at WCTE. “At WCTE, we cherish the opportunity to serve the people of the Upper Cumberland and bring them this spectacular parade, which brings our community and its families together.”
Rain date for the parade is Monday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. WCTE will re-air the Cookeville Christmas Parade on Dec. 24 at 10:00 p.m. and Dec. 25 at 4:30 p.m. For more information visit wcte.org.
WCTE has served the Upper Cumberland for 40 years as the region’s premier storyteller, and is the only television station in a 75-mile radius of Cookeville, TN. WCTE is a proud strategic partner with educators, health services, government, arts and music organizations across the Upper Cumberland. WCTE is a 501-(c) 3, and is owned and operated by the Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council. WCTE is one of only 350 PBS member stations nationwide.