Five giant balloons will make their Lincoln debuts as part of the 25th annual Star City Holiday Parade Saturday, December 5 in downtown Lincoln:
They will join parade veterans Elmo, sponsored by Union Bank & Trust, and the Capitol Sower, another cold-air balloon, sponsored by the Sowers Club of Lincoln.
The giant balloons are always a crowd favorite, and we are excited to have so many new ones for our 25th anniversary," said Deb Johnson, Executive Director of Updowntowners, Inc., which produces the parade in conjunction with the City. "We also have more marching bands and pre-parade entertainment than ever before, so we hope to see a large crowd cheering on every entry.
This year's parade theme is "Dreams. Memories. Wishes." Pre-parade entertainment begins at 9:30 a.m. and the parade begins at 11 a.m. Other new entries include the following:
"This year's parade also will feature some classic favorites such as floats, walking units, clowns, antique automobiles, dogs and equestrian units," said Johnson.
Mayor Beutler and his wife Judy will ride in a horse- drawn carriage and will be joined by two Special Olympics athletes who will compete in the 2010 USA National Games in Lincoln next July. Governor Dave Heineman and his wife, Sally Ganem, also will ride in a carriage again in this year's parade.
The parade begins at 14th and "M" and continues east to Centennial Mall, north to "O" and west to 10th. The City is offering free parking for the parade in its lots and garages, those marked with the green "Park It" signs. Children are encouraged to bring their letters to Santa with a return address. U.S. Postal Service employees will pick up the letters during the parade, and Santa will write back to them before the holidays.
5 CITY-TV, the City government access channel, is coordinating the television coverage of this year's parade, which will be aired live statewide by KOLN-KGIN-TV. The parade will be re-aired at noon Dec. 7 on My TV, Time Warner Cable channel 110. It also will be shown numerous times on 5 CITY-TV, and a schedule will be available at lincoln.ne.gov (click on the 5 CITY-TV logo).
For more information or to volunteer for the parade, visit www.starcityholidayparade.org.
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