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October 4, 2001
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Michael Carpenter, Parade Executive Director, 440-2002 Scott Feldman, Assistant to the Parade Director, 434-6902

Mayor Announces Plans for Annual Star City Parade
"Big Horn" ready to roll into Capital City!

Mayor Don Wesely today announced plans for the 17th annual Star City Holiday Parade, set for 11 a.m. Saturday, December 8 in downtown Lincoln. The theme for this year’s parade is "Kids in Motion", and the event will feature a unique vehicle called "Big Horn."

"This year’s parade will be the best yet, and ‘Big Horn’ is guaranteed to be a show-stopper", said Mayor Wesely. "Kids of all ages will marvel at its bells, whistles, strobe lights, smoke machines and music. Several organizations and businesses have come together to bring this attraction to Lincoln, and their generosity will make this a very special year for the parade.”

"Big Horn" is the Lincoln Children’s Museum’s entry in the parade, and the local sponsors are NEBCO Inc., Bryan LGH Medical Center, and Union Bank and Trust. Following the parade, "Big Horn" will be on display at the Museum, 1420 'P' Street. (See accompanying release.)

For the second time in its history, the parade will be judged entirely by children, who will be selected in a random drawing . Kids ages 10 through 14 are asked to submit their names in writing on or before October 15 to Parade Headquarters, 1200 'N' Street, Suite 101, Lincoln, NE 68508.

For its first 15 years, the Parade was held the first Saturday in December. The date was moved back one week last year to avoid conflicting with the Big 12 football championship game, which is set for December 1 this year. Having the parade on December 8th has again allowed the UNL Cornhusker Marching Band to make a commitment to perform in this year’s parade.

Another highlight this year will be the entry from this year’s Star Community, Nebraska City. More information on the Star City Parade will soon be available at the parade’s web site:

MEDIA NOTE: Audio, video, pictures and information on "Big Horn" are available at InterLinc Home Page

Media Release