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Participants on pace to break record for Christmas parade

November 22, 2005

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Lawrence's Old Fashioned Christmas Parade returns for its 13th year on Dec. 3, and this year's event will be bigger than ever, organizers said.

Santa Claus parades down Massachusetts Street in a horse-drawn carriage. This year's Old Fashioned Christmas Parade, in its 13th year, is shaping up to be the largest ever.

Santa Claus parades down Massachusetts Street in a horse-drawn carriage. This year's Old Fashioned Christmas Parade, in its 13th year, is shaping up to be the largest ever.

As of Monday, the owners of 125 wagons and carriages, along with equestrian groups, have signed up to be in the parade, said Jana Dobbs, spokeswoman for parade organizers.

"As far as we know, this is the largest," Dobbs said of the number of entries in the parade. The parade usually draws thousands to the downtown area to see the wagons and carriages decorated for Christmas.

"We've had a lot of calls from people from all over who are interested," Dobbs said. A notice about the parade has been placed on the CornerBank Web site (cornerbanks.com). This is the second year in a row the bank has been the primary sponsor of the parade.

In addition to CornerBank, more than 70 other businesses and organizations are sponsoring the parade. The sponsors help pay for the parade and provide breakfast and lunch for the entrants.

To enter or be a sponsor, call the bank at 838-9400.

Comments

imagold 9 years, 1 month ago

This is a wonderful parade. Thanks to CornerBank for continuing the tradition. Parade time is 11:00 a.m. per the website.

captain 9 years, 1 month ago

Somebody should thank Mr Phillips for the way he cares for the horses he brings to the parade. Trimming their hooves about a week before the parade after going the whole year without having it done just because he is too cheap to pay for it, as well as the awesome shelter he provides for them against the elements (absolutely none) and the way he is too cheap to buy heaters for their water tanks, so it just freezes instead. Oh, and how he never vaccinates them, even after he had 5 confirmed cases of west nile a few years ago (3 of them died). He is an asset to this community. Maybe people should drive out to Free State Farm (Victorian Veranda) and have a look at how he cares for his animals before we start thanking him for the parade.
Thanks to CornerBank for taking the parade out of the hands of that idiot.

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