City of Lincoln
2005 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced plans for the 21st annual Star City Holiday Parade. The parade will include five giant balloons, new floats and parade mascot Major Drummond, with Santa and Mrs. Claus making their appearance at the end of the parade. The parade – produced by Updowntowners, Inc. and the City of Lincoln and presented by First National Bank – is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, December 3rd in downtown Lincoln. The parade theme this year is “Unwrap the Joy.”
“The Star City Holiday Parade is one of the traditions that makes Lincoln a special community,” said Mayor Seng. “This parade takes a great deal of commitment, work and community support, but seeing the smiles of children makes it all worthwhile. As the largest parade of its kind in a five-state area, the Lincoln parade has become a regional event that draws tens of thousands of visitors to the Capital City.” Mayor Seng will ride in a horse-drawn carriage with three former Lincoln Mayors.
“We are pleased to be the presenting sponsor once again for this year’s Star City Holiday Parade,” said Richard L. Herink, President of First National Bank. “Each year the parade gets bigger and better. The enjoyment it brings to children and their families makes it a joy to be a part of. It helps get the holiday season started in Lincoln in a very special way.”
Deb Johnson, Executive Director of Updowntowners, Inc., said the parade attracts 85,000 people to downtown Lincoln.
“While the festival is in its 21st year, we are pleased to announce that we have many new and exciting surprises for our community,” said Johnson. “The parade will feature new brightly colored push floats, including Lincoln Federal Savings Bank’s giant piggy bank, Star City Sweets and the Mouse family: Mary, Chris and Eve. We also have several new entries from the community, including the Mayor’s Committee for International Friendship. All of the entries will help us ‘Unwrap the Joy’ of the holiday season!”
Other major sponsors include Alltel, Union Bank and Trust, U.S. Cellular and Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center.
The parade also includes unique vehicles, animal and equestrian units, walking units, costumed characters and executive clowns. Twenty bands will march through downtown, including the UNL Cornhusker Marching Band; the 43rd Army Band; bands from all six Lincoln public high schools, Pius X and Parkview Christian; and bands from Beatrice, Lawrence-Nelson, Alma, Papillion-LaVista South, Grand Island Central Catholic, Bancroft-Rosalie, Palmyra, Deshler, Pawnee City and York.
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.
Keep Lincoln & 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.
While the parade is free to the public, production costs are significant. Parade organizers will have volunteers collecting donations during the parade and will have a donation bucket at the information booth.
The parade will again be televised live statewide by KOLN-KGIN-TV.
The parade Web site at www.starcityholidayfestival.org includes information on all the events, plus a parade route map and parking map.