Lighted Parade returns Friday night after virus gap year

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Several fire vehicles helped give the Lighted Parade quite a festive start in 2015.


The Lighted Parade returns this year after its 2020 pandemic hiatus, filling the streets of downtown Perry with light and merriment the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Businesses, community organizations and jolly community members will share their lighted floats in a parade through the downtown that begins at 7 p.m., when storefronts will be darkened to make way for the festive lights.

The parade line-up begins at 6 p.m. at the corner of Second Street and Otley Avenue.

The parade will first progress eastward along Otley Avenue to Third Street and then northward on Third Street to Pattee Street and then westward to Second Street, with the final leg of the grand procession parading southward on Second Street.

Candies will not be thrown from the floats, according to the Perry Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the annual event, but walkers alongside the float will hand out candies.

After the parade, youngsters may visit Santa at the Hotel Pattee, where the jolly northerner will make his first visit since 2015. His more recent visits brought Santa to the Towncraft Building and the La Poste.

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