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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Dec. 1, 1986)
Monday, December 1, 1986
Page 2 Supplement to the Daily Nebraskan
Gismt to&MoOTis loom over
r CS Holiday Parade
By Michael Hooper
Remember sitting in front of the TV
watching the giant balloons six stories
high go by in the Rose Bowl parade?
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck as
high as the big oak tree outside.
They were a curious sight, even on
But "you don't realize the balloons'
awe-inspiring height until you're on the
street in front of them," said Barb
Hager, coordinator of the Star City Hol
iday Parade that will have several giant
The balloons one designed espe
cially for Santa himself 20 marching
bands from across the state, flamboy
ant Mardi Gras figures from New Orleans
and marvelous walking units will all
parade down Lincoln's 0 Street, Satur
day, Dec. C at 11 a.m.
"It's going to be a stage production
and our stage is 12 blocks, long,"
The event is the second annual Star
City Holiday Parade sponsored by
Updowntowners, a booster club for
CarolJess, director of the Downtown
Lincoln Association, said 60,000 at
tended the parade last year. This year
80,000 are expected to attend, she said.
One of the walking units in the
parade is the Eagle Nebraska Heart
beat 35 girls between the ages of 10
and 12, who will jump rope in precise
routines, Hager said. Another unit will
use colorful streamers to create for
ward and stationary dance routines.
Hager said the parade, which lasts
two hours, will be unlike anything
Nebraskans have seen before in this
area. It's not going to be like a com
munity parade with flat-bed floats, she
said. But rather a parade similar to
those televised on TV, she said.
What makes a parade exciting is
using all planes and elements
heighth, width, depth, lots of brilliant
colors," Hager said. That's what this
one is using, she said.
She said there will be several self
propelled, animated floats that are the
result of a float workshop last spring
Float builders learned at the workshop
to strip automobilies to their chassis
and build the floats on top.
Another walking unit is "Galileo and
the Constellations," a 35-member
entourage featuring a 15-foot tall Gali
leo complete with telescope and a var
iety of animated giant puppets repres
enting the constellations. The unit,
created by puppeteers Paul Mesner
and Cindy Zuby, is funded by a grant
from Target Stores.
The 20 marching bands appearing in
the parade are from Lincoln Public
High Schools, Pius X and from schools
in other towns such as Luman, Cedar
Bluffs, Lawrence, Rising City, York,
Deshler and Elmwood. The 43rd Army
Band will also march in the parade.
Besides 20 marching bands, 22 floats
and six giant balloons, the parade
includes handsome equestrian units.
Mayor Roland Leudtke is the official
host of the event and will ride in a
special carriage at the beginning of the
parade. Gov. Bob Kerrey also wili appear
in a specially-decorated vintage auto-
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Hager said in a press release that the
parade is a community-wide effort.
"Absolutely every entry is the result
of a financial investment by community
members who realize the value of spe
cial events to the city," she said.
The initial cost of the parade is
about $60,000, she said, but that does
not include the cost of building the
floats and other elements in the parade.
The giant balloons, sponsored by
FirstTier, National Bank of Commerce,
Commerical Federal, First Federal and
the Lincoln Lancaster County Visitors
Committee, would not be possible
without those organizations underwrit
ing the expense of bringing the bal
loons to Lincoln.
Parking may be hard to find with
80,000 spectators expected downtown.
Lincoln Transportation System will offer
a 50-cent adult and 25-cent senior
fares. Children ride for free. LTS plans
to add "booster" buses to regular
routes and will offer return service
every 15 minutes following the parade.
For more information call LTS at
Following the parade are various
activities. The Haymarket Christmas
Food Boutique will be selling cakes,
cookies, Christmas fruit, Greek bak
lava and other Christmas sweets in the
Candy Factory, 8th and P streets. Horse
and carriage rides also will be available
until 5 p.m.
In the evening, UNL's Cornhusker
Marching Band will perform at Kimball
Hall, 12th and R streets. Also in the
area is "A Flea in her Ear," a famous
farce, at Howell Theater.
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