Lincoln Christmas Parade rescheduled
by Elsie Hodnett
Dec 09, 2013 | 692 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lincoln’s Fifth Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony has been rescheduled for Thursday.

“The parade and tree lighting ceremony were cancelled Sunday due to inclement weather,” said Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department Director Roben Duncan.

Duncan said the original plan for the weather makeup was to be Tuesday, but due to special Christmas programs at Drew Middle School, Lincoln basketball teams having games and the grand marshals unable to make the Tuesday makeup date, the parade is rescheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m.

“Even though the parade has been moved to a rain date, the lineup is the same,” she said.

Duncan said 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. All floats must be ready for judging when they arrive at the lineup.

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. “We hope to see everyone there.”

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.