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Christmas parade: Where were the bands? Where were the floats?

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To the editor:

What has happened to our parades?

Parades used to have floats and marching bands, not cars and people walking just to throw candy. Yes, we had the candy throwers, but it wasn't JUST that.

This Christmas parade made me ashamed of Lincoln. And yes, me included, because I could have somehow came up with a float.

First, I played sax in the marching band in junior high and high school. I sent out an all-points bulletin on Facebook to make sure my memory was intact, and it was. We marched and played in the cold! The pom pom girls wore their little skirts and marched in front of us. When we weren't playing, we were blowing warm air through our instruments to protect them. Years later when my daughter’s generation was marching, they decorated up their instruments and marched. If they didn't play, at least the drum section played a cadence all the way through the parade. THEY MADE AN APPEARANCE!! THEY PUT FORTH THE EFFORT!!

Second, where were the floats? We used to have so many floats. Isn't that what is supposed to be in a parade? Not just a bunch of cars and trucks slowly driving by?

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Thirdly and most importantly, this was a Christmas parade. Get it? CHRISTmas parade! I thoroughly respect and support our heroes, but wouldn't it be a much wiser choice to dedicate a parade to them at, say, Veterans Day? This is a religious holiday. No room for being politically correct. Those who don't believe can stay home. That is why this country was founded on religious freedom. One church made their presence known. Shame on the rest, including mine! I hope to change that next year at my home church. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus. I am proud to say he is my Lord.

And finally, the little ones do look forward to seeing Santa usher in the season. Santa should come in on a sleigh or once again a float!! Not like he was Thursday night, so tacky.

To the chamber or whoever is in charge of the parade, I beseech you to take these constructive criticisms to heart and give them some deep thought. You and the citizens of Lincoln deserve better than what we got. The little ones enjoyed it because they got candy and saw Santa; they don't know any better. But for those of us who remember REAL parades, well, that says it all.

Beverly Brown

[Posted December 10, 2009]

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