Among the items on the to-do list for the evening, a request from
Main Street Lincoln to change the designated route for this year’s
In the past, the parade has started at Wyatt Avenue and wound
through the town utilizing Kickapoo, Pulaski, McLean, Broadway and
Chicago Streets. The parade then disbanded at the parking lot of
Main Street has asked that the route be altered. The group wants to
establish a route that would still start on Wyatt Avenue, and travel
toward the downtown square on Kickapoo. However, the route would
by-pass Pulaski Street and go right to Broadway. There the parade
would turn right and go to McLean Street and turn right again. At
the intersection of McLean and Pulaski, the route would then go to
the left, toward Holland, Barry, & Bennett Funeral Home and Lincoln
The parade would then end in the parking lot of the funeral home.
Mayor Keith Snyder said the request was being made to help out Santa
Claus during the busy holiday season.
This year Santa will once again visit with local children after the
parade in the rotunda of the Logan County Courthouse. Snyder said
with the new route, Santa will dismount from his sled at the corner
of Pulaski and McLean and go straight to the Courthouse to see all
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Snyder said in past years; the parade disbanded Regions Bank.
Santa was left to walk all the way back to the courthouse or
hitch a ride from someone, both of which cut into the amount of
time he had to spend with the kids.
When the topic was opened
for discussion, the aldermen all seem to agree that the request had
to be granted. They felt that denying any request from Santa would
surely put them on the ‘naughty list’ this year and no one wanted to
There was a question about whether or not there needed to be
arrangements made for reindeer parking. However, on parade night,
Santa does not bring the reindeer into town. Rumor has it that they
are tucked away in a safe place out the country, possibly to the
west of Lincoln, along Fifth Street Road.