City of Lincoln
2006 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced plans for the 22nd annual Star City Holiday Festival, highlighted by the huge Parade Saturday, December 2nd in downtown Lincoln. The theme for this year’s event is “Making Spirits Bright.” The Parade, which begins at 11 a.m., is presented by Updowntowners, Inc. and the City of Lincoln. The parade will again be televised live statewide by KOLN-KGIN-TV.
“Last year, we proved that this community could hold a parade even in a snow storm!” said Mayor Seng. “It turned out to be a beautiful parade. This year, we are looking forward to a spectacular event, thanks to the hard work of many volunteers and community supporters, who help make this the largest parade of its kind in the five-state area. It has become a tradition for many families in the area.” Mayor Seng will ride in a horse-drawn carriage with former Lincoln Mayors.
Deb Johnson, Executive Director of Updowntowners, Inc., said the parade attracts 85,000 people to downtown Lincoln. Parade entries include marching bands, giant helium balloons, animals and several new entries from the community. The parade also will feature the newer brightly colored push floats including Star City Sweets, the Lincoln Federal Savings giant piggy bank and Rudolph with Bugle the Elf. Parade mascot Major Drummond will make his annual appearance, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet crowds.
Pre-parade entertainment will begin at 9:30 a.m. along the parade route. Following the Parade, the awards ceremony will begin at 12:45 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Cornhusker Marriott. A panel of band professionals will judge the bands in competition. All other judging will be done by a panel of children ages 8 through 14.
Members of the community have planned festival activities from November 24 through Dec. 3. The Festival Web site, , includes a complete list and description of activities; parking and street closure details; the Parade route; sponsorship opportunities; and food vendor information. The phone number for Festival headquarters is 434-6902.
Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful is promoting the parade as litter-free event, and volunteers will be along the parade route to help collect trash and educate the public on the proper disposal of trash.
The parade will be re-aired from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 3rd on My TV, Time Warner Cable channel 110. It also will be re-aired throughout the month of December on 5 CITY-TV, the local government access cable channel. (See lincoln.ne.gov for 5 CITY-TV schedule.)