Light up Lexington Christmas Parade

Santa Claus arrives in Lexington, driven by the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department and their classic fire engine. The Light up Lexington Christmas parade was moved to Tuesday night after winter weather over the weekend but there was still a solid turnout to see the 17 different floats that entered the parade.

LEXINGTON — Despite having to postpone the event, people still crowded the edges of Washington St. for the Light Up Lexington Christmas Parade hosted by the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce. Floats were made by local churches, organizations and businesses. The children got a thrill at the end when a certain red suited figure made his appearance.

Lexington Area Chamber Executive Director Sarah Neben said there were 18 entries in the parade including the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department and the chamber of commerce.

"I thought it was a good turnout even though it was postponed from Sunday," said Neben, "There were a lot of other activities going on Tuesday night."

Award certificates for different categories were handed out by Chamber Ambassadors. The Spirit award went to Girl Scout troop 878, Brightest Float award to Homestead Bank and Most Original Float award went to Davis Energy, said Neben.

"Thanks to everyone who participated in the parade," she said, "A lot of work went into the entries and it is greatly appreciated."

Neben also thanked Lana Greene with KRVN for announcing the parade, Pinnacle Agency for letting the parade use their electricity and handing out hot chocolate to parade attendants.

The First United Methodist Church made their parking lot available to the parade as a staging area as well as a safe drop off point for children who were riding on the floats, said Neben.

Jerry Wylie and the Alternative Education Class helped get the Santa House ready for the parade. Neben said they did a great job with the lights on very short notice.

"Thanks also to the Chamber Ambassadors who walked with the Chamber staff during the parade," said Neben, "Those were Marie Rodriguez-Divis, Heather Heinemann and Ruth Maldanado."

The Lexington Volunteer Fire Department was thanked for their participation and presence in the parade as well as giving the star of the show, Santa, a ride in style in the old fire engine, said Neben.

"The lighted Christmas parade is just one of the many reasons why I love my town and my job as Director of the Chamber," said Neben, "It’s such a joy for me to see everyone downtown and the excitement on the children’s faces."

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