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Lowell National Historical Park takes Mayors Award at the City of Lights Parade

Lowell National Historical Park volunteers and staff with holiday float
Lowell National Historical Park staff, volunteers, and families at Lowell's City of Light's parade with the "Mayor's Award" float celebrating the Park's 30th anniversary.
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News Release Date: December 3, 2008
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

LowellNational Historical Park News Release


For Immediate Release

Contact: Philip Lupsiewicz (978) 275-1705

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December 1, 2008



Lowell National Historical Park Celebrates 30th Anniversary at the City of Lights Parade


Lowell, MA.  Thousands braved the cold as Lowell’s annual City of Lights Parade and Holiday Art Stroll concluded in front of City Hall for the lighting of over 100,000 lights.  Lowell National Historical Park participated in the day-long series of events starting with “The Trolley Express”, a special program for families.  Park Rangers gathered families on the park’s trolley for a special reading of the Chris Van Allsburg holiday classic, “The Polar Express” and a ride through the City.   Each participant received a bell as featured in the story and hot chocolate warmed everyone at the conclusion of the program.  So popular was “The Trolley Express” an additional program was added to accommodate the heavy demand.


As the afternoon turned to dusk, the City of Lights parade began.  Over 15 different floats representing numerous city and regional agencies were present as were marching bands from around the region.  Lowell National Historical Park’s float, a salute to the park’s 30th Anniversary, took the prestigious “Mayor’s Award” for best float.  Planned, designed and fabricated by park employees, the float was the feature of the Park’s marching contingent of over 30 strong.  Employees and volunteers representing all aspects of the park’s operations  along with their families marched the downtown parade route waving to the enthusiastic audience along the way.


For complete coverage of the parade, visit the Lowell Sun for pictures and a video.   http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_11107023?IADID=Search-www.lowellsun.com-www.lowellsun.com



Did You Know?

Mile of Mills, Lowell National Historical Park

The Boyden Observatory of Bloemfontein, South Africa owes its existence to Uriah Boyden who left over $200,000 at his death in 1879. Mr. Boyden, an inventor, patented an outward flow turbine. He sold it to the Appleton Mills in Lowell, MA where he worked, home of Lowell National Historical Park.