Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade returning to downtown Lawrence Saturday

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Horses and their riders will return to the streets of downtown Lawrence Saturday for the 29th annual Old-Fashioned Lawrence Christmas Parade.


The “main attraction” will be the stretch down Massachusetts Street from Seventh south to 15th Street, according to organizers, but there’s plenty of room to watch the parade go by.

The route begins at the Douglas County Fairgrounds at 19th and Harper streets, proceeds to 15th Street and west to New Jersey Street. From there, riders will head north on New Jersey Street and take Seventh Street west to Massachusetts Street. The parade will proceed south on Mass to 15th and back to the fairgrounds. (See a full map of the route at this link.)

As of Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service was forecasting mostly sunny skies with a high near 39° for parade day.

The parade is set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 3). Organizers recommend arriving early. A map of downtown parking is available at this link.

For those who can’t be there in person, the parade will also be livestreamed on the Downtown Lawrence Inc. Facebook page.

Get a sneak peek at some of this year’s entries and learn more on the parade’s Facebook page. Read more about the local tradition and its story at this link.

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