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Miracle set to take place on Fifth Street Saturday

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Experience a Christmas miracle on Fifth Street this Saturday during Lincoln’s annual holiday festivities. That’s because Terri Reeves said this year’s theme of the Christmas parade is “Miracle on Fifth Street.” Reeves, the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce’s membership and events coordinator, said individuals interested in being in the parade can still sign up until 5 p.m. today in person at the chamber office (540 F St.) or by visiting the website at lincolnchamber.com. “It’s after ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ but the parade runs along Fifth Street,” Reeves said regarding the parade’s theme. Parade entrants design their floats to align with the parade’s theme, according to Reeves. “People will have to use their imaginations because a miracle could be anything,” Reeves said. “They will have to portray a miracle in float form.” Santa Claus will make his yearly appearance in the parade, riding on a vintage fire engine, according to Reeves. “Elves will walk along with Santa and pass out candy canes,” Reeves said. Reeves said the parade and tree lighting “is one of those old traditions people love.” “We love doing it for the community,” Reeves said. Cub Scout Pack 185 is building a float representing the Macy’s storefront shown in “Miracle on 34th Street,” according to the pack’s committee chairwoman Aimee Yocom. “Some of the boys are going to be carrying big envelopes and there will be a mailbox on the side to represent sending letters to Santa,” Yocom said. About 30 Cub Scouts will ride on the float or walk alongside it, Yocom said. She gave two reasons for the scouts’ participation in the parade. “One, because the boys themselves just like being in the parade. They like creating the float and being able to showcase something they made,” Yocom said. “The second reason is they like being involved in the community and we also want to make sure that our community knows about the scouting program.” Tammy McDonald will bring two 2,000 pound horses to the parade. McDonald owns a horse ranch where she teaches children and adults to ride. She also trains and boards horses. “I will be driving my draft horses and a lot of the kids (students) will be behind me on horses,” McDonald said. “The horses will be hooked into a big wagon decorated like a sleigh.” The parade will allow McDonald’s horse-riding students “to participate in something fun” and is also a way to advertise her business. “It’s fun and it’s neat to let people see such large animals,” McDonald said. “It’s something you don’t see very much. There aren’t a lot of horses that pull people around in wagons.” Fifty 4- and 5-year-olds from East Avenue preschool The Little Schoolhouse will don pajamas on their float during this year’s parade, according to owner Misty Meachim. The Little School House’s float will depict the children’s book, “The Polar Express.” “It’s going to look like a big train. The kids are going to wear their pajamas like they are going to the North Pole,” Meachim said. “The kids love the parade. They love being a part of the community.” Meachim said there are multiple benefits of having the preschoolers participate in the parade. “It gets them very excited about Christmas and the holiday season,” Meachim said. “It shows them the school is participating in something bigger than the school. It makes them feel a part of our city.”