“For the past five years, we have only rescheduled the first parade,” Parks and Recreation Department director Roben Duncan said. “The last two years it has rained, but stopped long enough for us to have the Christmas parade and the Christmas Tree Lighting. We are all praying for that to happen again.”
The Fifth Annual Lincoln Christmas Parade is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. In case of severe inclement weather, Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. is the makeup date.
“We will make a decision by 1 p.m. Sunday whether the parade will continue as planned or move to the makeup date,” Duncan said.
Participants and people planning to attend should check the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department Facebook page for updates and the final decision.
“If we move to the rain date, the lineup is the same,” she said. “For either date, all floats must be ready for judging when they arrive at the lineup.”
Duncan said if the parade is Sunday, floats must be in place by 2:30 p.m. If the parade is held on the makeup date Tuesday, floats, trucks and motorcycles need to arrive for judging and lineup 3-4:30 p.m. Horses and dignitaries need to arrive for lineup at 5 p.m.
The parade will begin at the Waffle House in Lincoln on Magnolia Street and end at Randolph Park in old downtown Lincoln.
“This is the first year for lighting the official Christmas Tree planted in Randolph Park and donated by the Lincoln Garden Club,” she said. “The Tree Lighting will follow the parade.”
Duncan said grand marshals this year are Josh Vincent and Jeff Chappell, and the honorary grand marshal is Tami Johnson, Miss Talladega College.
Parade participants include bands from Lincoln High School and Talladega College, representatives from local schools and city government, choirs and cheerleaders, title holders, cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, horses, floats and others.
“Due to safety reasons, candy and other items may not be thrown during the parade, and no one may ride on the hood or rooftops of vehicles,” she said.
Float awards this year include the Outstanding Theme Award (grand prize), President’s Award (first place), Mayor’s Award (second place), Grand Marshal’s Award (third place), the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ Band Award and horse awards for first, second and third place.
“It looks like we will have another successful parade thanks to our committee, staff and all who participate in the parade,” she said.
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