By Gina Morton

The Daily Item

LEWISBURG — The 27th annual Victorian Holiday Parade will hit the streets of Lewisburg at 1 p.m. Saturday.

"The theme of the parade is local people and culture from the Victorian era," said Linda Sterling, downtown manager of the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership. "It relives the Victorian era."

The parade will begin at Water and Market streets and move west down Market Street to Seventh Street.

Betty Cook, a parade committee member, said the procession will last 20 to 25 minutes.

"It is not that long. It's too cold for spectators to be out," she said.

According to Anne Griffin, another parade committee member, participants will be dressed in line with the Victorian theme.

"Everyone will either be in Victorian style dress; portraying living history, such as Abe Lincoln and Queen Victoria; time, like when the west settled; and also fantasy, such as Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White," she said.

The Lewisburg Area High School marching band will take part, along with horses, carriages and the Robert Lowry carolers. No motorized vehicles or floats are permitted in the procession.

The parade will conclude with St. Nick arriving in his horse-drawn sleigh.

"It's St. Nick from the old Christmas story. Santa wasn't around in the Victorian era. He's not in the typical red suit; he will be wearing green velvet," Ms. Cook said.

Joy Mertz, parade committee chairwoman, said there are several additions to the parade this year.

"The Mifflinburg Buggy Museum is donating two buggies for the first time this year," she said. "The Union County Public Library donated Beauty and the Beast characters, and there will be Jane Austen characters."

Other additions include the SUN Area dairy princess, portrayals of Joseph Priestley, Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson and characters from the film "Gone With the Wind."

"We are always happy to have people interested in being involved in the future years," Ms. Mertz said.

The committee members said the parade is unlike any in the area.

"Very few towns have parades that have this style that's purely from a particular era," Ms. Griffin said. "It's very fun. It's a lot of local people. You see people you know in the parade, and those in the parade see people they know on the street."

Ms. Cook agreed. "Ours is strictly Victorian and historical. I think that's very unique," she said.

There will be a free holiday movie at the Campus Theatre. "Meet Me In St. Louis" will be shown at 3 p.m.

"This movie was chosen because it was also from around that time period," Ms. Griffin said.

Also on Saturday, the Donald Heiter Community Center will sell homemade soup in Hufnagle Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lewisburg's holiday tree lighting will be held at 7 tonight in Hufnagle Park.

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