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Williamsport holds holiday kickoff

December 05, 1999

Williamsport Holiday KickoffBy KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer

photos: YVETTE MAY / staff photographer




WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport kicked off the holiday season Sunday evening with its annual Christmas parade, which culminated in a lighting display at Byron Memorial Park.

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Musicians from Williamsport High School and other area bands provided the soundtrack for the parade with such holiday favorites as "Joy to the World" and "Jingle Bells."

Along with the music were countless dancers, baton twirlers and clubs following in line through the streets of Williamsport.

Participants rode in wagons loaded with hay, in classic cars and even a horse-drawn wagon, some throwing candy out to the crowd.

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The Williamsport fire and ambulance departments showed off their engines and equipment during the procession.

Michelle Griffin and her family came from their home in Boonsboro to view the parade.

"A friend told me about it and we wanted to see the lights. The kids love the lights," she said.

Tree-lightingEnnis Mummert of Williamsport watched the parade with his dog, Max. The Labrador-pit bull mix wagged his tail playfully as the marchers entered the park.

Mummert said he came to see his son and daughter play instruments and march in the parade.

The road entering the park was lined with luminaires as hundreds of people converged to watch the grand finale.

Lights decorating the town's gazebo and holiday exhibits - including a train, nativity scene, reindeer and Santa Claus - sparkled with a blaze of red, yellow, white, blue and orange.

Following the parade, attendees had refreshments provided by the town at the community building.

Town Supervisor Jeff Long was on hand to see that all the lights went on as scheduled. He and other town employees and volunteers spent more than 30 hours putting up the 40,000 lights involved in the display.

The group also decorated the town hall and streets.

They combined their creativity and carpentry skills to create a few new exhibits this year, he said.

"It's a real big deal for the community," Long said. "The employees work real hard. We do it all for the children."

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