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UK class partners with Downtown Lexington to recruit participants for Downtown Christmas Parade

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2022) — For the second year, the Downtown Lexington Partnership (DLP) is partnering with students from the University of Kentucky’s integrated strategic communication (ISC) event planning class out of the College of Communication and Information.

Students in the class are contributing to the planning and organizing efforts for this year’s parade under supervision of DLP Interim Executive Director Laura Farnsworth.

“Downtown Lexington Partnership is excited to once again partner with the University of Kentucky students from the ISC Event Planning class to produce an exciting, family friendly event in downtown,” said Farnsworth. “We encourage all interested businesses, clubs and non-profit organizations to register for the parade downtown and bring Christmas joy to thousands of guests on a crisp, December morning.”

As part of their class, students are helping register participants for the parade. The parade will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, on Main Street. The deadline to register for this year’s parade is Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022.

Interested university bands and athletics should contact Mallory Burford ( and Allison Broadhurst (

Interested student organizations and philanthropies should contact Kate Maddox ( and Kaelyn Wilson (

Interested high school bands should contact Lucy Ferguson ( and Emily Potter (

Interested high school dance and cheer teams should contact Mallory Burford (, Allison Broadhurst (, Lucy Ferguson ( and Emily Potter (

Other floats and units that are interested should contact Anna Patterson (, Emma Gayle ( and Reece Foley (

About DLP

The Downtown Lexington Partnership is the non-profit Downtown organization formed in 2017 to provide a single point of contact and accountability and a coordinated approach to Downtown revitalization and management. DLP encourages responsible economic development, produces events, addresses issues on behalf of stakeholders, and promotes downtown Lexington. DLP has over 175 members and produces many events for the public including Central Bank Thursday Night Live, The Rink at Triangle Park and more.

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