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September 2, 2003

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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


Mayor Coleen Seng today encouraged the community to become involved in the 2003 Star City Holiday Festival December 6 in downtown Lincoln. Applications are now available for the 19th annual Star City Parade presented by First National Bank and produced by Updowntowners, Inc., the Downtown Lincoln Association and the City of Lincoln.

“This year’s parade theme is ‘Holiday Traditions,’ so we are looking for entries that celebrate the great holiday traditions we have in our community, state, nation and world,” said Mayor Seng. “Our parade is the largest of its kind in a five-state area, attracting about 85,000 people to downtown Lincoln, so we hope the whole community will get involved in this fun family event.”

Parade entries can include costumed characters, equestrian units, other animal units, floats, unique or vintage automobiles and walking units. The Parade also includes marching bands and giant balloons.

“This Festival is produced by volunteers, including the selection committee, which reviews all the applications,” said Deb Johnson, Executive Director. “The parade is limited to 90 minutes, so the selection process can be quite competitive. The entries that are selected will be those that adhere to the selection criteria and include kid-friendly entertainment that provides a rich exposure of the numerous holidays and traditions we celebrate. The committee bases its decisions on an entry’s entertainment value, design, adherence to the theme, use of sound, choreography, costuming and props.”

Johnson said it takes the entire community to make this major regional event a success. The Updowntowners produce the Star City Holiday Festival through community funding and support. Sponsorship opportunities include balloons, costumed groups, marching bands, floats, awards and the Executive Clown Corps. Those wanting information on supporting the event can contact the Festival Headquarters at 434-6902.

Those planning events the week of the Star City Holiday Festival can also apply to be sanctioned events, which gives them the opportunity to be promoted as part of the Festival.

The Parade begins at 11 a.m. and is televised live on KOLN-KGIN-TV. The Star City Holiday Festival Parade guide, which includes Festival activity applications, Executive Clown information, entry information and application forms, is available from Updowntowners, Inc., 1200 “N” Street, Suite 101, Lincoln, Ne 68508. The deadline for applications is September 26. Those wanting more information can contact Festival headquarters and check out the Festival web site at

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