NEW: World Series pitcher to be special guest in Wellington Holiday Parade


Two special guests have been announced for this weekend’s Wellington Holiday Parade.

Pitcher Brad Peacock of the World Series-winning Houston Astros and 99-year-old World War II veteran James Zell of Wellington -- who turns 100 on Jan. 20 -- will join Sunday’s parade down Forest Hill Boulevard, said Mary Lou Bedford, CEO of the Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. 

RELATED: Wellington Holiday Parade: What to know about this year’s event

Peacock played baseball for Palm Beach Central High School and Palm Beach Community College, now Palm Beach State College. The right-hander was traded to the Astros in 2012 by the Oakland Athletics. 

The 29-year-old told The Palm Beach Post in October that pitching in Game 3 of the World Series was “crazy” and “a dream come true.”

RELATED: Wellington’s Brad Peacock on pitching in World Series: ‘It was crazy’

Bedford said Peacock and Zell were added to the lineup of guests in the parade in the past two weeks. She said when someone reached out to her about Zell, she knew she had to invite him to participate in the annual event. 

“I thought, what a wonderful tribute for this gentleman,” Bedford said of Zell. 

IF YOU GO

When: Begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday

Route: Starts at original Wellington Mall at the corner of Forest Hill Boulevard’s northern intersection with Wellington Trace, then proceeds down Forest Hill to the Wellington Amphitheater complex.

Road closures: One eastbound lane of Forest Hill will close at 8 a.m., then all of Forest Hill will close at 1 p.m. from its northern intersection with Wellington Trace to South Shore Boulevard. 

Information: www.cpbchamber.com/holiday-parade


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