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Organizers call on community to support 16-year tradition

The Old-Fashioned Christmas parade, in its 16th year in Lawrence, is looking for donations to continue its tradition. The event, like many others, has fallen on tough economic times.

October 11, 2009

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Jim Thomas, Oskaloosa, is pulled by a miniature horse in a two-wheel cart.

Jim Thomas, Oskaloosa, is pulled by a miniature horse in a two-wheel cart.

For some Lawrence residents, the holiday season doesn’t officially start until the horse-drawn carriages of the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade clip-clop down Massachusetts Street.

This year, nearly 100 parade entrants will kick off the season at 11 a.m. Dec. 5.

But organizers of the nation’s largest horse-drawn carriage parade say they need more of the community’s support to help ensure a successful event.

Elaine VanDeventer, the new executive director for the parade, said the event lost its title sponsor this year.

“We need individuals and businesses in Lawrence and the surrounding area to show their support and help continue this wonderful institution,” she said of the parade, in its 16th year.

That support can include financial donations, as well as volunteer efforts and in-kind donations from area businesses and residents, said Phil Bradley, parade chairman.

Bradley said there isn’t a set amount of money required to fund the parade, but that typically around $20,000 is needed.

And with the support seen in past years, Bradley said organizers expect the community to continue its support. “We’re confident we’ll get there,” he said.

Volunteers, parade entrants and donors can obtain more information by calling 865-4477 or by visiting the parade’s Web site, lawrencechristmasparade.org.

Comments

cato_the_elder 4 years, 6 months ago

Chill out, Marion. You apparently lack a sense of humor.

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macon47 4 years, 6 months ago

i dont think they care bc besides it gives you something to whine about

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thebcman 4 years, 6 months ago

You would think, in this technologically advanced age, that the World Co. would be able to remove the weather warnings from the videos it posts on this site. It's pretty stupid when you watch the video days, months, years later and still get the weather warning from the day it was aired.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 6 months ago

cato_the_elder (Anonymous) says…

What a headline. The people behind this fine tradition have now become “community organizers.” I'll bet that rankles more than a few of them."

Marion wrtites:

That is not what the article says and the phrase "community organisers" is not used in the article.

Try to spin a lttle better than this, mkay?

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macon47 4 years, 6 months ago

this is what happens when those nasty caplitalists run out of money... they dont have the extra cash to fund all of the fun stuff the grass root liberals enjoy for free bummer,

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slowplay 4 years, 6 months ago

Why does this cost anything? Just a bunch of horses walking down Mass St. Parade permits? Manure cleanup? Does the city kick in anything?

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smitty 4 years, 6 months ago

Thanks to Rob Phillips for starting this parade. The article link dated 2000 says he asked for funding assist in 2000 but had started the parade seven years prior.

Thanks for all those years and thanks for a creating the most pleasant parade tradition in Lawrence's year of Mass St happenings.

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cato_the_elder 4 years, 6 months ago

What a headline. The people behind this fine tradition have now become "community organizers." I'll bet that rankles more than a few of them.

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