Wednesday November 16, 2005
--Louisville tradition continues with sponsorship of GE, LG&E--
--Donations encouraged for Toys for Tots--
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that more than one million lights will illuminate downtown at the annual “Light Up Louisville” set for Nov. 25.
For the second year, Louisville Gas & Electric Company and GE Consumer & Industrial are the presenting sponsors of the free event that will include holiday entertainment, food, crafts, a parade and a number of children’s activities at the corner of 6th and Jefferson streets.
“Our citizens have enjoyed Light Up Louisville for more than two decades and thanks to the continued and generous support of LG&E and GE, downtown will be the place to be the Friday after Thanksgiving,” Abramson said.
Co-sponsors include BellSouth-the Real Yellow Pages and Cox Radio with these stations: Lite 106.9 WVEZ, 107.7 SFR, New Country 103.9, and 103.1 WRKA.
The mayor is encouraging Light Up attendees to bring new toys to donate to Toys for Tots. Members of the U.S. Marine Corps will be stationed at the city’s holiday tree in Jefferson Square to accept donated toys. Last year sponsors GE and LG&E led the charge with the Toys for Tots donations from employee collections, with 500 toys donated by LG&E and $5,000 in cash donated by GE.
“A toy donation can help make the difference between just another day and a happy holiday for a child in our community,” Abramson said.
Light Up to feature parade, music, lights
Festivities begin at 3 p.m., followed shortly by The Winter Wonderland Parade beginning at 4 p.m. and featuring more than 50 entrants, including entertainers, carolers and children’s groups. The parade will begin at Brook St. and Muhammad Ali Blvd., progress west on Muhammad Ali to 4th Street Live!, turn north on 4th St. to Jefferson St., then head west on Jefferson to 6th Street.
Entertainment on the main stage will begin at 5:30 p.m., featuring Classic Melodies and the Male High School chorus. Santa Claus will make his arrival at 7:30 p.m., and at 8 p.m., the mayor, Santa and representatives of LG&E and GE will insert the magic plug to light one million twinkling lights and launch a dazzling holiday fireworks display.
Following Light Up, the Monarchs will perform a holiday concert until 9 p.m.
For more information about Light Up Louisville, residents may call MetroCall at 311 or visit, www.louisvilleky.gov
“Light Up Louisville” event schedule follows
Light Up Louisville 2005 Schedule
Presenting sponsors LG&E and GE. Co-sponsors: BellSouth-the Real Yellow Pages, Cox Radio stations: Lite 106.9 WVEZ, 107.7 SFR, New Country 103.9 and 103.1 WRKA.
3 p.m. Louisville Metro Holiday Tree
·U.S. Marines on duty at the Holiday Tree in Jefferson Square to accept gifts for “Toys for Tots”
· All food and craft booths open (Jefferson Street and Jefferson Square)
3:30 p.m. Free Children’s activities and crafts area opens Metro Hall, located at 6th and Jefferson Streets is open for children’s activities and crafts
4 p.m. Winter Wonderland parade begins Nearly 50 units parade starting at Muhammad Ali Blvd. at Brook Street, turning right to go through Fourth Street Live!. Parade continues and turns left onto Santa Claus Lane (Jefferson Street)
5:30 p.m. Main Stage Opens on Santa Claus Lane with live entertainment from the Classic Melodies and the Male High School Chorus (in front of Metro Hall on Jefferson Street)
7 p.m. Mayor Abramson’s Welcome
7:30 p.m. Santa Claus arrives
8 p.m. “Light Up Louisville” including more than one million festive lights, music and fireworks
8:15 - 9 p.m. The Monarchs perform