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November 14, 2002
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Deb Johnson, Parade Executive Director, 434-6901

Mayor Announces Plans for Star City Parade
"Big Horn" to return as Children's Museum entry

Mayor Don Wesely today announced plans for the 18th annual Star City Holiday Parade produced by Updowntowners, Inc. The parade is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, December 7 in downtown Lincoln. The theme for this year's parade is "Stars in Action," and entries will include five giant balloons, a new Santa Claus float and the return of "Big Horn," a nine-ton rolling collection of bells, whistles, horns, strobe lights and music.

"Last year was the first appearance of 'Big Horn' in our parade, and it was a huge hit," said Mayor Wesely. "The parade is the largest of its kind in a five-state area, and we expect 85,000 people to visit downtown Lincoln for the event. The support of community organizations and businesses allows us to present this great holiday tradition for families."

"Big Horn" is again the Lincoln Children's Museum's entry in the parade, and it will be on display following the parade at the Museum, 1420 "P" Street.

Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center is the presenting sponsor for the parade this year and is also sponsoring the new Santa float. Santa will ride the parade route accompanied by playful penguins and a huge polar bear. Other major sponsors include Alltel, Cellular One, Experian and the Cornhusker Hotel. Another new float this year is "Good Works" being sponsored and built by WAL*MART. The parade will again be televised live by KOLN-KGIN-TV.

Seventeen bands will march through downtown, including the UNL Cornhusker Marching Band, bands from all Lincoln public high schools and Pius X and a 204-member band all the way from Lakeville High School in Minnesota. Another highlight will be the entries from this year's Star Community, Beatrice, which will enter a band and a float called "From Dreams to Action."

A panel of band professionals will judge the bands in competition. All other judging will be done by a panel of children ages 8 through14.

Eighteen events are planned as part of the Star City Holiday Festival, beginning with the Holiday Lighting Ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, December 1 at Wells Fargo, 13th and "O" streets. The parade web site at includes information on all the events, plus a parade route map and parking map.

Audio, video, pictures and information on "Big Horn" are available at

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