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September 9, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Deb Johnson, Updowntowners, Inc., 434-6901

Applications For Star City Parade Now Available

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today encouraged the community to become involved in the 21st celebration of the Star City Holiday Festival November 27 through December 4. The Star City Holiday Parade, will take place Saturday, December 3 in downtown Lincoln. Applications are now available for the 2005 Star City Holiday Parade presented by First National Bank and produced by Updowntowners, Inc., and the City of Lincoln. The deadline for applications is September 30.

“This year’s parade theme is ‘Unwrap the Joy,’ so we are looking for entries that represent the spirit and joy that we find in our children and our community,” 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 helium balloons.

“This Festival is produced by volunteers, and that includes 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 ways you can bring joy to our community. 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 also apply to be sanctioned festival 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 entry guide, Festival activity applications, Executive Clown information as well as other sponsorship information are available from Updowntowners, Inc., 1200 “N” Street, Suite 101, Lincoln, Ne 68508. Those wanting more information can contact Festival headquarters at 402-434-6902.

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