Candlelight parade in Springfield for Abe
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[February 11, 2009]
SPRINGFIELD -- An evening parade
in downtown Springfield on Thursday, Abraham Lincoln' s 200th
birthday, will be reminiscent of the torchlight parades of the 19th
The Springfield Jaycees have organized the candlelight parade, and
the public is invited to attend and march in support of Springfield'
s favorite son. Anyone interested in participating should gather at
5 p.m. Thursday at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, on the
corner of Eighth and Jackson streets. The parade will begin at 5:30
p.m. and march to the Old State Capitol, ending at approximately 6
Participants are encouraged to bring their own candles, lanterns
or flashlights, as well as cowbells or any other type of bell they
can "ring" in support of Lincoln. Period costumes are also
encouraged, as well as campaign signs and Lincoln posters. Local
high school bands, Scout troops and color guards have also been
invited to attend.
"This is a wonderful, simple, old-fashioned way of demonstrating
Springfield' s love and support of our 16th president on the
historic occasion of his 200th birthday," said Marilyn Kushak,
chairwoman of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, which endorses
the event. "We hope all of Springfield will turn out for this free
The parade is a joint project of Springfield Jaycees, Looking for
Lincoln, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Lincoln Home
National Historic Site.
For more information, contact Rachel Griminger of the Springfield
Jaycees at 971-1652.
[Text from file received from the
Illinois Abraham Lincoln