Meet Our Grand Marshal

Comedian & Actress

Cocoa Brown

“When someone in the past heard the word Lupus, they immediately thought it was a death sentence. But it’s not anymore, and it doesn’t have to be! Having two family members with this disease and seeing what it can do to one’s body and mind made me realize this is a cause that I was destined to be a part of and support. I want to let the people who have this disease know you are not alone!!!!!”~Cocoa Brown

Most notably known for her lead role in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club and For Better or Worse, the hilarious comedian/actress Cocoa (pronounced Co-kah) Brown treats audiences to thought-provoking humor in which she declares “I don’t tell jokes I tell the truth!” Her Grown Woman delivery both on stage and on the screen in supporting roles such as FX’s American Crime Story, NBC’s Marlon, and most recently FOX’s critically acclaimed 9-1-1, has generated a large and loyal following all over the world and has proven to her fans old and new that not only is she a funny comedian but she is also a versatile

Cocoa has had guest star roles on several other notable TV projects including 2 Broke Girls, Psych, The Soul Man, and Breaking Bad as well as supporting roles in Ted 2, in which she was hand-picked for the role of “Joy” by Seth MacFarlane, and Lakeview Terrace with Samuel L. Jackson. Being appropriately dubbed as a “comedy machine gun” by America’s Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne, she has received
numerous awards including the DC Comedian of the Year after only a short time of stand-up and was hand picked by the family of Moms Mabley to receive the 2018 Moms Mabley Legacy Award. She is a fan favorite and has been all over the world touring regularly and has also been featured on the Showtime Network Shaquille O’Neal Comedy All-Stars.

Not only do audiences get a great show but they feel as though they have gained a friend. Cocoa says, “If my audience feels like they know me, then that means I’ve connected with them and I’ve shared my gift.” Cocoa has a style that relates to both women and men and an energy and warmness on and off the stage that has earned her the respect and love of crowds and colleagues alike.