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Parade draws hundreds: ‘This is what small-town living is all about’

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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

The star of the show, Santa Claus, waves from his sled during Saturday night’s annual Christmas parade. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

RAVENA — The streets were lined Saturday night with hundreds of spectators looking to usher in the holiday season, Ravena-style.

The annual Christmas parade started out at Coeymans Landing Park with the lighting of the town’s tree, then made its way through the village, stopping at the veterans’ monuments on Main Street to light the village tree before turning onto Pulver Avenue and ending at Mosher Park.

Dozens of marchers, floats and decorated trucks participated, tossing candy to kids watching from the sidewalk. Santa, elves and even the Grinch took part, and Frosty the Snowman sprayed the crowd with “snow.”

With temperatures in the 40s, the crowd was comfortable and ready to celebrate.

“This parade always brings out the best in our community and the turnout this year was absolutely amazing!” said Mayor Bill Misuraca. “Thank you to all of our volunteers and participants that made this happen — we couldn’t do it without them. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season.”

The Christmas parade takes place each year on the first Saturday in December. Numerous local organizations were represented, with village officials leading the way. Most local businesses took part in the parade, along with organizations from Girl Scouts to the Innovation Station to sports teams, including the championship RCS football team, which drew big cheers from the crowd. Law enforcement, every area fire department and the Ravena Rescue Squad also took part in the festivities.

Float after float made their way through the village, with spectators lining the streets. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

“It feels great — it’s a great sense of community,” said Village Trustee Joseph Ganley. “It’s good for all of us to get together sometimes and forget our differences. I always enjoy this every year — it’s one of my favorite times of the year.”

For Village Trustee Caitlin Appleby, seeing friends and neighbors coming out to celebrate together was heartwarming.

“I am trying to hold back my tears. This is like a Hallmark movie about small-town life,” Appleby said. “This is what small-town living is all about. I am thrilled to see everybody out and that the weather held up — it is gorgeous out tonight. I think that has a lot to do with so many people coming out.

“It’s just very heartwarming to see everybody out and enjoying themselves,” Appleby added.

Here are more images from Saturday night’s parade:

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