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President And Mrs. Abe Lincoln To Appear In Dogwood Parade
Updated April 30, 2015 6:52 AM | Filed under: Event
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(ORLEANS) - Well known Lincoln enactors Larry and Mary Elliott of Louisville, KY are expected to make a special appearance as "President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln" in the upcoming Bicentennial edition of the Orleans Dogwood Festival Parade set for Saturday.

The parade will kick off at Noon.

The Elliott's have portrayed the 16th President Abraham Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln more than 500 times at schools, libraries, historic reenactments, parades, and festivals throughout Kentucky and So. Indiana since 2003.

Elliott has probably recited the Gettysburg Address 1,000 times. It doesn't take much to put him in character--the word "fourscore," his black Lincoln suit with tails or his stovepipe hat almost instantly take him back to the 1860s.

Larry has the "Lincoln look," walk and talk. At 6-foot-4, he is the same height and about the same weight as the 16th president. They have the same shoe size. Larry's wife's name is Mary and like Lincoln, he has four sons.
They share the same birthplace of Hodgenville, Kentucky.

Though Lincoln is not kin to Larry, there is a close tie: Larry's great, great, great-grandmother was the midwife called to the little log cabin where Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809.

in October 2014, Larry and Mary won the award in the Lincoln look-a-like contest in Hodgenville during Lincoln Days, a celebration of Lincoln's life and legacy.



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