LEXINGTON — The “Welcome Back, Orange and Black,” alumni parade never fails to draw a crowd. Held Saturday, June 15 the parade crowd was treated to the sight of four generations of Lexington High School graduates.
The parade is sponsored by the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce. “The classes of 1959, 1969, 1979 and 2009 were all well represented,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sarah Neben, “The class of 1979 had the best turnout.”
“I was very pleased to see the number of families and children who were downtown watching,” she said, “I want to thank all the parents who brought out their young children.”
Neben recalled as the parade was wrapping up, one young boy had his bag so full of candy he could hardly lift it and was dragging it along the ground as he walked with his parents.
She added it was also nice to see all the older citizens who came out to see the parade. “It does my heart good to see all the young families and seniors, it’s nice to see all the different generations.”
The parade had 13 entries, some with multiple vehicles. The classes of 1969 and 1979 rode on a flatbed trailer pulled along by a semi, while the other classes fit on trailers pulled by pickups.
Several area businesses and organizations also participated including, Subway, Lexington Regional Health Center, Lexington Lions Club, Orthman Community YMCA, Mac’s Creek Winery and Brewery, Trius Federal Credit Union, Titan Machinery and Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce.
A much requested addition to the parade appeared for this first time this year, said Neben. The United States and Nebraska flags were carried by the Dawson County Veteran’s group.
Neben thanked the Lexington Police Department for leading the parade and controlling traffic along the parade route. She also expressed gratitude to the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department who showed up with three fire engines, “they make our event lively,” she said.