17th annual Christmas parade steps off Saturday in Norwich

NORWICH – Thousands of spectators are expected to line the downtown sidewalks Saturday night to celebrate the kick-off of the holiday season as the 17th Annual Parade of Lights illuminates city streets with holiday music and decor.



Despite last year’s turnout being the largest in the parade’s long-standing history, this year’s celebration will be even bigger, according to parade coordinator Mike McCormack. This is McCormack’s first year as the leading parade organizer, and he said participants are fired up and making preparations to put on a memorable show. Sponsorship from the Norwich Pennysaver, The Evening Sun, the Norwich Police and Fire Departments and the Norwich Merchant’s Association have all ensured that the parade be a great time for all.

“I’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm from the participants this year. They’re very excited, organized and eager to respond,” McCormack said.


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