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UK class plans this weekend's Lexington Christmas Parade

santa riding in a parade on a firetruck
Photo courtesy of Downtown Lexington Partnership.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2022) — The Downtown Lexington Partnership (DLP) annual Christmas parade will be held on Main Street at 11 a.m. on Dec. 3.

“We are so excited to enjoy a crisp morning downtown for this family-friendly opportunity to get Lexington into the holiday spirit,” said Laura Farnsworth, interim executive director of DLP. “The DLP and the University of Kentucky integrated strategic communication (ISC) students can’t wait to show everyone how hard we have been working the past four months.”

Students in the ISC event planning class have been working hand in hand with DLP for the past four months to plan and organize efforts to make this year's parade the best it can be.

Groups participating in the event include:

  • 2 Feathers Horses
  • Ale-8-One Bottling Company
  • Alpha Phi
  • American Red Cross Bluegrass Chapter
  • American Ideal Miss Kentucky
  • America's Majestic Miss National Teen
  • Bluegrass Corvette Club
  • Bluegrass Crime Stoppers
  • Bluegrass Mustang Club
  • Bourbon County High School Marching Band
  • Chief Weathers with D.A.R.E. police car
  • Dance Blue
  • Denali Towing
  • Eastside Technical Center (FCPS)
  • Fayette County Education Association
  • Fayette EF Girl Scouts
  • Fox 56
  • Frederick Douglass High School Dance Team
  • Girl Scouts of Kentucky, Troop 8003
  • Henry Clay High School Dance Team
  • Kentucky Horse Park Police
  • Kentucky Utilities
  • Kentucky's Miss Pageant Queens
  • KY Tenants
  • kynect
  • Lafayette High School Marching Band
  • LEX18
  • Lexington Catholic High School Dance Team
  • Lexington LGBTQIA+ Community
  • Lexington Lightening Cheer
  • Lexington Mounted Police
  • Lexington Ravens
  • Lexington Rotary Club Endowment, Inc.
  • Lexington Tap & Jazz Company
  • Lextran
  • Limelight Dance Company
  • Love on a Leash Central Kentucky
  • March Madness Marching Band
  • Marine Solutions, Inc.
  • Mayor Linda Gorton
  • Metro Towing, LLC
  • Military Freedom Float
  • Miss Kentucky Bluegrass Queens
  • Morning Pointe Seniors Got Talent
  • Mrs. Claus
  • NECCO Lexington
  • Oleika Shriners
  • Raising Cane's
  • RATP Dev USA, LLC
  • Ralph Colidiron with special guest Santa
  • Sponsor/Shop & Celebrate Banners
  • University of Kentucky Student Philanthropy Board
  • Summit Fast Pitch Softball Tarheels
  • Tates Creek Paving, LLC
  • The Bair Foundation
  • The Kidz Club
  • The Lantern @ Morning Pointe Senior Living
  • Thursday's Child Organization
  • Ugly Sweater Contest winner
  • UK 4 Paws for Ability
  • Unique Stars Dance Team
  • UK Rodeo Team
  • Wild Health
  • WKYT

About DLP

The Downtown Lexington Partnership (DLP) 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.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $501 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.