The Junior League of Greater Lakeland, which has organized the Lakeland Christmas Parade for 35 years, announced eight awards after Thursday night’s parade: More
Depending on which weather service you like, the rain chance for tonight’s Christmas Parade in Lakeland is 30% (The Weather Channel), 50% (Weather Underground) or 55% (Accuweather.) Festivities begin with fireworks over Lake Mirror at 7 p.m. More than 120 organizations are participating in the parade. If you stay home, you can watch via cable or Internet on LGN. Many people will watch from chairs they set up in advance, a practice that’s coming under fire. Here’s the parade map:
The city of Lakeland asked residents on Facebook this afternoon if they have questions about Thursday’s Christmas Parade. Boy, do they. But mostly they have comments. And a lot of them are about the practice of placing chairs along the downtown parade route a day or two or even three early. The consensus: Outlaw it. The reasons cited most often: safety and fairness. More
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In the Dr. Scissorshands pumpkin-carving exhibition at the downtown Lakeland curb market on Saturday, local surgeons and physicians displayed their artistic skills using medical and other tools. The resulting jack-o’-lanterns were auctioned, with proceeds benefiting Arms for Asher, which helps a local Spinal Muscular Atrophy patient.
The Hispanic Festival of Polk County this Saturday will have a few additions to its traditional mix of music, dance, crafts and foods from Latin America and Spain. For one, it will be televised by Telemundo. In addition, there will be a new writers corner at the companion art show. And those looking for an alcohol kick can try Gasolina Party Pouches. More