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Snow and ice set wintry scene for Lincoln's Christmas parade        Send a link to a friend

[DEC. 4, 2006]  Thursday and Friday's snow and ice storm created great backdrop scenery for Sunday afternoon's "Candy Cane Lane" parade in downtown Lincoln. Unfortunately, the chilly temps that kept that beautiful setting had a downside too. Once again instruments were too cold and prevented area bands from playing during the parade. The cold also may have been a factor in what appeared to be a lower-than-normal crowd attendance.

However, those in attendance were not disappointed. The afternoon offered all the usual treats, emergency vehicles with sirens and lights, specialty vehicles, clubs and organizations, colorful floats and candy handed out to kids. Flying in from the North Pole was Santa, and this year Mrs. Clause came with him. The parade moved along quickly and was over in less than 45 minutes.

Some said they liked having the parade in the afternoon rather than at night, as the float colors were brighter and you could see the kids faces better.

Main Street Lincoln hosted this year's parade. Board president Kristen Green-Morrow and board member Melissa Hardiek have announced the winners of the "Christmas on Candy Cane Lane" parade.

1. Lincoln D.A.R.E., Washington Monroe PTO

2. O'Reilly's Auto Parts

3. Candy Cane Express (Wal-Mart)

Mayor's Award: O'Reilly's Auto Parts

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The Main Street Lincoln board thanks all of the participants, volunteers and parade watchers. A special thanks goes to CITV5 for taping the parade so that others who could not attend may also see it.

Main Street Lincoln also sponsors the official city of Lincoln ornament each year, which is now available. This year's ornament features the Earl C Hargrove Chapel, located at Lincoln Christian College and Seminary.

For more information, contact:

Main Street Lincoln
229 S. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Main Street Lincoln is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of our nationally registered downtown historic district and surrounding businesses.

[Jan Youngquist]

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