Columbia’s ‘American Idol’ Cassandra Coleman to Lead Mule Day Parade

The Mule Day Parade is arguably the culmination of Columbia’s biggest event, and this year will feature its very own “American Idol” superstar in the lead.

This year’s Mule Day Parade will take place on modernized West 7th Street, with local singer and Top 10 “American Idol” finalist Cassandra Coleman as the grand marshal.

Previous years have featured great Marshals such as Governor Bill Lee, former Maury County Sheriffs, and other notables.

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Despite the stardom she’s attracted and the spectacle of a platform like “American Idol,” Coleman feels humbled and gracious to be given the opportunity to participate in the annual tradition she grew up as. than a child.

While her “American Idol” days have given her a head start when it comes to a singing career, Coleman has remained in what she considers “hibernation mode,” reconnecting with local friends and pursuing his job as a manager at Buckhead Coffee. As viewers witnessed her journey on the small screen, she still feels like the same small-town girl she always was.

“I feel very honored and honored even to be considered,” Coleman said. “I’ve been coming to the parade since I was 11 and leading it this year is very surreal. I never would have imagined it.”

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“Magic” Memories of Mule Day

Coleman also has fond memories of the Mule Days of yesteryear, not just as a spectator, but as a willing participant. For her, the parade always showed how much the scene in downtown Columbia has continued to grow over the years.

“My most memorable year was, I think, about six years ago when I was in the parade as Anna from ‘Frozen’ and greeting all the kids. was so magical,” Coleman said.

“It was so much fun handing out candy and waving. It’s one of my favorite memories, and it’s so awesome to see how much downtown Columbia has grown since then. It’s completely different now, and there’s so much more life at Columbia now.”

Coleman’s brother, Danny Coleman, also made a name for himself as a member of the local city council and couldn’t be more proud of his sister. Bringing Mule Day back after a two-year hiatus is also something he says will be “exactly what the city needs” right now.

“I’m really happy that Cassandra can do this and get the recognition,” he said. “I think it will be a good thing for Columbia to do this, given that everything has been crazy for the past two years. It’s almost a celebration of us getting back to normal.”

As for future musical prospects, Coleman says she continues to write and collaborate with songwriters on a weekly basis, and hopes to release a single by the end of the year.

“The people of Columbia continue to support me and show me love, and I feel like I have to thank them for everything they’ve done for me,” Coleman said.

“Having the opportunity to be part of the parade, the thing that is the biggest event of the year, is just another form of humility for me, another reason for me to be grateful to my city. “

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