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Date: December 5, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM CST
Event Description:
Lincoln 2019 Christmas Parade
Thank you for interest in participating in the 2019 Lincoln 11th Annual Christmas Parade! The 11th Annual Lincoln Christmas Parade will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. It is vital that you read all the requirements and instructions carefully before applying to participate in the parade.
Parade Route
The parade will begin on Magnolia Street (Lincoln Veterinary Office) and will end at Magnolia Street and Randolph Park. Please avoid gaps when driving in the parade there should be sixteen feet between all floats, cars, etc. Again, bands remember do not stop and play during the parade, parade traffic should move at all times.

All units in the 2019 11th Annual Lincoln Christmas Parade must complete an Entry Form and return it by Monday, December 2, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. to Lincoln Parks and Recreation.
Candy and other items are not to be thrown during parade and parade route. Absolutely no one will be allowed to ride on the hood or roof tops of vehicles. The Lincoln Police, Fire and Rescue’s Officers will be over our traffic control; please make sure you adhere to their instructions.
Walkers must be six years of age or older. Walkers must register with the parade officials and will line-up behind Jack's on Magnolia Street. There is to be No crossing back to beginning parade route due to Road and Hwy opening, and safety.
Convertibles / Cars
All convertibles will line up behind Jack’s. Signs for dignitaries and titleholders will be provided and will be placed on the cars. Drivers must register with Parade Line-Up Committee immediately upon arrival. No one may ride on the hood or roof tops of vehicles.
Bands will line up at the area behind Jack’s. Please have a representative present to check-in with the parade director. All Bands will line-up for parade by 5:30p.m.
ALL HORSES MUST BE ABLE TO ACCLIMATE TO PARADE CONDITIONS. Horses MAY NOT approach the crowd and be touched.  Horses will meet at 6:00p.m. on the grass area on Magnolia Street behind Waffle House on Hwy 77. DO NOT ARRIVE AFTER 6:15 P.M. Horse trailers are to be parked at England Park/Blue Eye Trail area after unloading at the designated area. Participants must check in with the Parade Committee Member. Horses must be decorated in Christmas decorations.  Horses will be judged individually, please refer to the Judging section for rules and regulations. Horse trailers must be parked at England/Blue Eye Trail. There is to be No crossing back to beginning parade route due to Hwy opening and safety.

All units in the 2019 Lincoln Christmas Parade must check-in with the Parade line-up committee upon arrival at the check-in table. Each unit will be given an assigned number to be displayed for judging purposes.
Official signs will be provided for all units. Units may make their own signs but are asked to display the ones provided as well.
Float designers are required choose a Christmas song, movie, story, etc. and design your float around the theme. NOTE: ALL FLOATS MUST BE READY FOR JUDGING WHEN THEY ARRIVE AT THE LINE-UP ­ NO EXCEPTIONS! Floats will enter off Hwy 77 onto Hackney Road; a line-up committee volunteer will greet the driver with specific instructions.  Floats will line-up in two rows, pulling behind the float in front.  All floats and/or trucks will appear in the parade on a first-come, first-served basis. If your float needs adjustments or decorations it must be done before 5:30 p.m. time. Floats and/or trucks can only pull forward once they arrive at the line-up.  Drivers must check in with parade committee immediately upon arrival to the line-up.  FLOAT MUST BE IN PLACE BY 5:30 P.M. READY FOR JUDGING!
Decorators/designers are asked to be as creative as possible.  Flat-bed trailers and sports utility trailers are allowed.  Other type units will be considered on an application basis.  No unit may be taller than 15 feet from ground to the highest point of your decorations.  Any unit arriving at the line-up whose content are in bad taste or offensive will be removed from the parade line-up.  ALL PARTICIPATING UNITS MUST HAVE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS ­NO EXCEPTIONS.  Remember, the vehicle pulling the float is also considered part of the unit.
Do not use a Santa on your float.  The “official Santa” will appear at the end of the parade.

Titleholders must ride in a convertible car, jeep, truck/trailer. No one may ride on the hood of a vehicle.  Small children will not ride on the roof of a vehicle.  Parade officials will strictly adhere to this rule and will turn away any vehicle that is not approved from above list.
Float Participants
Float participants must be dropped off at one of three places at the end of the parade: England Park/Blue Eye Trail; Old Towne Area; or at beginning of parade route. You are responsible for all participants on your float.  NO EXCEPTIONS! . There is to be No crossing back to beginning parade route due to Road and Hwy opening, and safety.
Weather Conditions
The Lincoln Christmas Parade will be held rain or shine. In case of severe inclement weather date is a TBA, due to many scheduling issues. Call 205-763-1006 for information on rescheduling.
Float Judging: Will begin at 5:45 p.m.; all floats must be ready for judging at that time with generators running, music playing, and lights on.  Floats arriving after 5:45 p.m. will be disqualified from judging.  If children or other people are to be considered as part of your judging, they must be in place at 5:15 p.m. and must remain in place until the judges have finished. Judging will be in seven categories: Overall First Impression, Creativity, Originality, Workmanship, Materials Used, Use of Theme, and does the float display the “Spirit of Christmas.”
Horse Judging: First, second, and third place awards will be presented to the most beautifully decorated horses and costumes of the riders.
Band Judging:  All bands will be judged and one award will be given the “Spirit of Christmas” award.

PLEASE NOTE: The judges will deduct points for the following:
  • If your application has not been FILLED out by the original deadline date.
  • If the float arrives late
  • If your float is not ready for judging at 5:45 p.m.
  • If your generator, lights, and music is not operating at 5:45 p.m.  Once the judges have left your unit, you may turn your generators off until 6:15 p.m.
  • All horses must have holiday decorations
First Place Float Award
Second Place Award
Third Place Float Award
Horse Awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
Thursday, December 5th; PARADE DAY SCHEDULE
 3:30 p.m.        Close Street behind Waffle House
 3:30 p.m.        Floats begin arriving (road behind Waffle House)
 5:30 p.m.        All floats in line and ready for judging
 5:30 p.m.        Bands arrive
 5:30 p.m.        Convertibles can begin arriving
 5:45 p.m.        Judging Begins
 5:45 p.m.        Title Holders and Dignitaries
                                    Grand Marshal(s)
 6:15 p.m.        Judging Complete
                        Horses Are Judged
                        Bands are lined up and ready to take their place
6:15 p.m.         Hwy 78 and Magnolia Street Closed
6:30 p.m.         Parade Begins

Grand Marshal:
Marsha Martin is the 2019 Grand Marshal for the 11th Annual Lincoln Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting.
Retired in 2016 from the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind as the Director of Human Resources. 
A 1968 graduate of Lincoln High School; Choir Director for Lincoln United Methodist Church; Chairperson for Unite Lincoln
Married 51 years to Bobby Martin also a graduate from Lincoln, Children; daughter Kim Martin, son Chad Martin daughter in law Amber and their children Callyn, Cooper and Crew Martin. 
Marsha had volunteered at the Lincoln Food Pantry for many years before she was appointed as the Director in the Spring of 2018.
Under her leadership the food pantry has extended the scope of services to include more patron with expanded food offerings; patron numbers have doubled; volunteer numbers have tripled which also include students for Lincoln High School; implemented a yearly open house; community businesses and awareness has grown. It is said she has brought team atmosphere, love and enthusiasm to the food pantry.
Marsha is the 2019 recipient of the Juliette P Foster Award for Outstanding Volunteerism in Community Health from the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama.
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, December 5
6:30 pm
Contact Information:
55 Magnolia Street/P. O. Box 172…Lincoln, Alabama 35096 205-763-1006
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