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Lodi's annual Parade of Lights set to illuminate downtown streets tonight

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Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2004 10:00 pm

Come rain or shine, the 9th Annual Parade of Lights will hit streets once again this evening, dazzling tens of thousands of spectators with electrically lit floats.

But tonight, neither rain nor shine are in the forecast. Instead, parade participants will have to battle chills as temperatures are expected to reach down into the mid to low 40s by the time the parade marches forth at 6:17 p.m.

More than 40,000 parade-goers are expected to turn out for the festivities, which are sponsored by the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership.

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This year viewers can expect to be amazed by a procession that includes the enormous Budweiser Clydesdales and Santa Claus perched atop a Lodi Fire Department truck.

The march will be led by Grand Marshall Daryl Geweke, who will drive by a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of town.

There will also be more than 12 food and beverage vendors along the parade route.

Parade participants will begin their march at Pine Street near Hutchins Street Square and continue down Pine to Church Street before turning south and heading down to Lodi Avenue.

The route will extend east on Lodi Avenue before turning north onto School street, where the floats will ride past the judges' stand at the corner of School and Oak streets.

Parade participants will continue north on School until they turn west on Locust. The parade route will end at the corner of Locust and Hutchins streets.

Before the parade begins, audiences are invited to attend the 5:30 p.m. Hospice Tree Lighting near city hall on Pine Street.

For more information, contact the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership at 369-8052.

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