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Nick Cannon Named Grand Marshal for the 28th Annual Harlem Holiday Lights Event

Nick Cannon (Photo courtesy 125th Street Business Improvement District)

The 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) along with Community Boards 9 & 10, announced that actor, host, comedian, producer, writer, director, DJ, philanthropist, and entrepreneur – Nick Cannon – will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 28th annual Harlem Holiday Lights event to be held on Tuesday, November 16th.

“We are so excited to welcome Nick Cannon to the Harlem community, and we are delighted that he will be joining us this year to kick-off the Holiday Season as the Grand Marshal of the annual Holiday Lights celebration,” said Barbara Askins, President of the 125th St. BID. 

In the past the Harlem Holiday Lights has welcomed Harlem resident, American fashion designer and haberdasher, Dapper Dan; actress and playwright Laiona Michelle (“Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical,” “Mandela the Musical”); and Harlem’s own – author, radio and television personality, and pop-culture aficionado, Bevy Smith – all of whom served as Grand Marshal of the event.

Askins met with Cannon over the summer, during his search for a space on the landmark 125th St. corridor to accommodate his artist development project. The two discussed the possibility of his participation in the holiday event, which has become a much anticipated tradition in the community, and he decided it was a perfect opportunity to be a part of something special. 

Cannon has already cemented his relationship with the historic Harlem community, which has become home to his daytime talk show, “Nick Cannon”, premiering on Monday, September 27th, and shot at the studios located at 106th & Park Avenue that once served as location for several BET productions. 

Nick Cannon has been a premiere name in entertainment for more than 20 years, having emerged as a savvy entrepreneur, impactful philanthropist, and dedicated activist over the years. In 2020 Variety recognized his work and influence with a cover story that further acknowledged his multi-faceted impact on the industry, while reinforcing his desire to include Harlem in his future. That dream has now become a reality.

“Harlem has always had a special place in my heart – it’s been a source of my inspiration, and more importantly a historic, iconic birthplace of culture, expression, creativity and prosperity for the Black community whose influence spans globally today,” says Cannon. “I’m grateful to Barbara and the BID for the opportunity to represent at the Harlem Holiday Lights event – and to play a role in the broader mission of uplifting and inspiring Harlem’s community with this and the other amazing projects that I’m blessed to be working on here. We’re only scratching the surface of what’s to come.”

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