NORWICH – With just 52 days remaining before the 2016 Norwich Community Parade of Lights, and just 81 days before Christmas, it is time for those planning to participate in the parade to get their ducks in a row.
“The parade has actually been around since the 80’s when it was presented by the Norwich Merchant’s Association and took place the Friday morning after Thanksgiving”, stated Richard Snyder President of Snyder Communications. 22 years ago The Evening Sun and the Pennysaver took over responsibility for the event and it has been going strong ever since but with a significant change. About 12 years ago, at the suggestion of the Norwich Fire Department Chief at the time, the parade was moved to Saturday Evening after Thanksgiving. His suggestion was also to make it a Festival of Lights Parade with strong participation from all of the fire departments in the area”, continued Snyder. And that appears to have been a very winning formula.