Washingtonville Gears Up for Annual Christmas Parade
By Eugenia Moskowitz
Washingtonville’s Annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 2 has grown bigger this year with an all-new holiday marketplace organized by the Placemaking Events Committee.
The much-loved parade, begun by Rick Lewis seven years ago, is widely known by children as the “Firetruck Parade” since it originally and still mainly consists of firetrucks decorated with lights for Christmas. The parade also welcomes other types of emergency and civic organization vehicles including the Tetz family team of Clydesdales, which has been pacing the parade for the past few years. Illuminated with thousands of lights, the firetrucks are a sight to behold as they roll down Main Street, brought up in the rear by Santa atop Monell’s giant ladder truck. As always, Santa will stop at center square, throw the switch on the huge Christmas tree in the middle of the village, and greet the children.
The Holiday Vendor Fair will take place from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the parking lot across from Betty’s Country Kitchen, which will have live music out front appropriate for all ages. Children can meet Mrs. Claus at The Lot from 4:00-6:00 p.m., send letters to Santa via a special North Pole mailbox, and enjoy cookies and hot cocoa. Jamie Sanin will hold a free kids’ craft at Nailed It Hardware, and there will be face painting at Sterling Tattoo. As December progresses, it is always enjoyable to see the town’s children hang little handmade ornaments (usually of the froot-loop and pipe-cleaner variety) on the tree in center square, and the village encourages this type of participation in making the center of town look festive.
The parade starts promptly at 6:00 pm at Vern Allen Park (Ahern Blvd. and Route 94), goes along Main Street, and ends at Washingtonville High School at 7:00 p.m. Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic just before the parade’s start time and will open back up as the last truck passes. The Washingtonville and Blooming Grove Police Departments will be out keeping everyone safe and enjoying the festivities as well. So come out and celebrate Christmas in the village!
CAPTION: The Village’s of Washingtonville’s Beautification Committee and DPW has decorated the center of town with lights, wreaths, banners, and evergreens. The Christmas tree in the center of town, shown here, is ready to be lit on Dec. 2. (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)