Tuesday November 9, 2004
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the 23rd annual “Light Up Louisville” will be brighter than ever, thanks to the support of a new slate of corporate sponsors.
Louisville Gas & Electric Company and GE Consumer & Industrial are the presenting sponsors of the free Nov. 26 event that will include the illumination of more holiday lights than ever before at Metro Hall, City Hall and Jefferson Square.
“Our citizens have enjoyed Light Up Louisville for more than two decades and we are pleased to welcome new sponsors who have stepped up to continue this holiday tradition,” Abramson said.
“Thanks to the generous support of LG&E and GE, downtown will be the place to be the Friday after Thanksgiving.”
Other sponsors include:
· Co-sponsors: Caesars Indiana; Cox Radio stations Lite 106.9, 107.7 SFR, 103.9 New Country, and 103.1 WRKA; and WAVE-3 TV
· Contributing Sponsor: Kindred Health Care
In addition to the traditional lights, music, food, crafts and free children’s activities, Abramson said this year’s Light Up Louisville will emphasize downtown’s recent development.
“So much is happening in our downtown, and we’re glad to be able to incorporate the Frazier Historical Arms Museum and 4th Street Live! into this community’s holiday celebration,” Abramson said.
Festivities begin at 4 p.m., followed shortly by the arrival of the only existing rifle owned by George Washington. The rifle is on loan from the Frazier Historical Arms Museum and will be accompanied by the Louisville Mounted Police and color guard units representing all armed services. Guarded by the U.S. Marine Corps, the rifle will be put on display in the Metro Hall rotunda during Light Up Louisville, after which it will move to its permanent display at the Frazier museum.
The Winter Wonderland Parade of nearly 50 floats, entertainers, carolers and children’s groups begins at 5 p.m. The parade will begin at Brook and Liberty streets, progressing onto 4th St., then Jefferson St. to Metro Hall.
The Male High School chorus will open the entertainment on the main stage at 6 p.m., and Santa Claus makes his arrival at 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., the mayor, Santa and representatives of LG&E and GE will insert the magic plug to light more lights than ever and launch a dazzling holiday fireworks display.
Following the light show, Abramson will lead a “Caroling March” to 4th Street Live!, where the Monarchs will play a free concert at 8:30 p.m.
Attendees of Light Up Louisville are encouraged to bring 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. For more information about “Light Up Louisville,” residents may call MetroCall at 311 or visit the Louisville Metro web site, www.loukymetro.org.