Wednesday, Dec 3, 2008
Lowell National Historical Park News Release
For Immediate Release Contact: Philip Lupsiewicz (978) 275-1705 Phil_lupsiewicz@nps.gov December 1, 2008
Lowell National Historical Park Celebrates 30th Anniversary at the City of Lights Parade
Lowell, MA. Thousands braved the cold as Lowellâs annual City of Lights Parade and Holiday Art Stroll concluded in front of City Hall for the lighting of over 100,000 lights. Lowell National Historical Park participated in the day-long series of events starting with âThe Trolley Expressâ, a special program for families. Park Rangers gathered families on the parkâs trolley for a special reading of the Chris Van Allsburg holiday classic, âThe Polar Expressâ and a ride through the City. Each participant received a bell as featured in the story and hot chocolate warmed everyone at the conclusion of the program. So popular was âThe Trolley Expressâ an additional program was added to accommodate the heavy demand.
As the afternoon turned to dusk, the City of Lights parade began. Over 15 different floats representing numerous city and regional agencies were present as were marching bands from around the region. Lowell National Historical Parkâs float, a salute to the parkâs 30th Anniversary, took the prestigious âMayorâs Awardâ for best float. Planned, designed and fabricated by park employees, the float was the feature of the Parkâs marching contingent of over 30 strong. Employees and volunteers representing all aspects of the parkâs operations along with their families marched the downtown parade route waving to the enthusiastic audience along the way.
For complete coverage of the parade, visit the Lowell Sun for pictures and a video. http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_11107023?IADID=Search-www.lowellsun.com-www.lowellsun.com