Manhattan’s lighted parade set for next Friday

Manhattan, Kan.  (KSNT) – The annual parade will start at 5:30pm on December 2nd at the Manhattan Town Center.

Give back this holiday season and join Mayor Usha Reddi and the Flint Hills Breadbasket for the Mayor’s Christmas Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade on Fri., Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. The parade begins at Manhattan Town Center and travels through downtown Manhattan on Poyntz Avenue. It will end in Aggieville’s Triangle Park for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The parade and tree lighting have become a family tradition in Manhattan.  Donations for the Flint Hills Breadbasket – both non-perishable food and tax-deductible monetary donations – will be accepted during the parade.

“We are so fortunate to be involved in the Mayor’s Parade each year,” says Maribeth Kieffer, executive director of the Breadbasket. “The holidays are a time to give back and be thankful for each other and what we have. Join us to celebrate this wonderful time of year with your neighbors, friends and families.”

“New this year is the enhancement of lighting of the Mayor’s Tree and holiday lighting in Triangle Park. The Mayor’s Tree will be decorated with 2,000 purple and white LED light bulbs. The park decorations will be glowing with the addition of shooting stars that will be anchored in the trees of the park.

Everyone is invited to enjoy the very first viewing of these new Christmas decorations during the Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. The first lighting will occur at the conclusion of the Mayor’s lighted parade at approximately 7pm on Dec. 2. Special activities in the park include the singing of holiday tunes by the Manhattan High School choir. Special guests include Mayor Usha Reddi and K-State Interim President General Richard Myers. Santa will also attend and will help spread the spirit of Christmas to everyone.

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(Information supplied by Flint Hills Breadbasket)

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