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The mayor of Lowrys says the number of people in his hometown will grow from hundreds to thousands this weekend, and the reason is – the annual Lowrys Christmas Parade.
This unusual holiday parade, which features farm equipment and animal drawn carriages, is Saturday at 1 p.m. The parade route begins and ends at the Lowrys School House at 2266 Old York Road, Wilson said. Past parade attendance records have been estimated at 10,000 in this community with a population of about 210 residents.
“It's kinda unique and it's a lot of fun,” Mayor Joey Wilson said about the Lowrys Christmas Parade. “People come from a long way away to see our parade.”
The best parking to view the parade is in the center of town,” Wilson said. “We've got about 10 acres of parking.”
Parade watchers need to arrive by noon on Saturday to park in town because the street gets closed off for the parade to begin in the next hour, the mayor said. The mayor also prefers that people not park on Highway 321 for safety reasons, he added.
“We invite folks to come on in early, get parked and look around town,” Wilson said. “There's a lot of tailgating that goes on at the parade.”
As in the past, there are hundreds of entries for this year's parade also, Wilson said.
“There are about 100 farm tractors and maybe 300 to 400 horses with riders including those in the buggies,” he said. “It takes the parade about an hour to go by.”
Parade organizer William Stephenson expects about 40 floats and 40 to 50 buggies and wagons, he said. There was nothing Stephenson felt he could say to encourage a crowd to come out and view the parade because a crowd of people for this annual farm-theme parade “is a given,” he laughed.
“We're gonna have a crowd if the weather permits,” Stephenson added.
The mayor anticipates a crowd this Saturday of anywhere from 4,000 to 10,000 people in his quaint hometown and he has this short word of advice:
“When it's over, it takes time to get out,” Wilson said. “Be patient and enjoy your day.”