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Bigger Holiday Parade-Festival Set

Second annual Huntington Village event expanded.

Huntington is getting ready for its second annual holiday parade and street festival on Nov.26, adding new features and expanding the area for events.

New this year are float competitions, in two categories, fire department and commercial, with another award going to the best-decorated business.

The parade route has been extended along Main Street to West Neck Road. The holiday trees on the Village Green and at Town Hall will be lit simultaneously, as they were last year.

Fire departments, Scouts, and veterans and civic groups will join the parade, which will step off at 6:30 p.m. from the Big H Shopping Center and head north on New York Avenue to Main Street, then march past the reviewing stand.

The town will close Wall Street  to traffic from Main Street to Gerard Street until 9 p.m. for the festival, which will include performances from many local groups and promotions from local merchants. 

Santa and Mrs. Claus and others, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Grinch, Sesame Street's Elmo and Toy Story's Woody will make appearances.

The will have Buddy the Elf on board the sled used in the movie "Elf."

The parade and festival are sponsored by the town, the Huntington Village and Huntington Station Business Improvement Districts, the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, the Huntington and Huntington Manor Fire Departments and the Huntington Chiefs' Council.

Paradegoers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Toys for Tots program.

The parade is one of several holiday events during the post-Thanksgiving weekend. The night before the downtown parade, the will go off at 6 p.m. The day after the parade, will host a holiday tree lighting in honor of The Clark Gillies Children's Emergency Care Center at . That event will include caroling, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot chocolate and cookies, and the lighting of a 20-foot balsam fir tree.

 

Kieran November 12, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Who declared the word "Christmas" offensive?
Andrea November 12, 2011 at 08:46 PM
Hmmm... no one?
John November 12, 2011 at 10:02 PM
Santa translates to "Saint", so tell me this. If we can't say "Christmas" because its a religious reference, then how can we say "Santa"? Saint is also a religious reference. I wish someone in the higher up decision making circles would grow a set and say what it is its CHRISTMAS and its a CHRISTMAS parade. You'll not be simultaneously lighting HOLIDAY trees, you'll be lighting CHRISTMAS trees. Merry CHRISTMAS Everyone !!
Kieran November 14, 2011 at 04:22 AM
Well Andrea,then why isn't it called a "holiday candle lighting " instead of a Menorah lighting? Is it because it's for the Jewish faith or all faiths? When I was growing up we had Christmas trees & Christmas parades, don't know what the big fuss is, guess nowadays everyone gets a trophy. Wouldn't want to hurt any body's feelings! What's next, nationality day parade instead of St.Patricks day parade?
Andrea November 14, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Aside from this whole overly dramatic critique of the specific terms used to explain the parade, I'm happy to hear about the expansion of the parade. Last year's parade was a little random and people seemed somewhat confused about it. Hopefully this year the competitions for floats and firetrucks will make for a more cohesive event. It should also be the night of Huntington Throwback at Finnegans - hopefully the Patch will cover that? It will be the 4th annual...
Kieran November 14, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Keep drinking the Kool aid !
Jim R. November 14, 2011 at 02:59 PM
I really hope it is better organized than last year. It was an absolute cluster ****.
Andrea November 14, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Agreed - last year was random and chaotic. But it was the first one so hopefully they've worked the kinks out.
Jim R. November 14, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Yeah, I do hope so too. I remember it being ridiculously cold that night also, hopefully it won't be that bad this year.
Ted November 14, 2011 at 04:52 PM
If the town wants to call it a Holiday Parade go right ahead. I'm not offended by that, nor do I have a problem including everyone. But lets get real here, almost all, if not all the symbolism represented in the parade will be Christmas: Santa, Rudolph, Buddy the Elf, Grinch, Christmas music and most importantly the lighting of the Christmas Tree. No other faiths decorate a tree for the Holiday season, only Catholics do, so why can't it be called a Christmas tree? Is that offensive? Calling it a Holiday tree is inaccurate and kind of ridiculous, and goes too far with trying to be politically correct. Merry Christmas everyone and Happy Holidays to all...
Kieran November 15, 2011 at 03:39 AM
So let them decorate their own tree or whatever they decorate! Just. curious, what other people decorate a tree for Christmas besides Catholics (that people have heard of)? The pagans?
Ted November 15, 2011 at 04:46 AM
Your missing the point Andrea, and you seem to be the one who is getting bent out of shape. The town isn't calling it a Tree Lighting Ceremony, their calling it a Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Their doing it purposely to be politically correct and not offend non-catholics. I simply pointed out the absurdity of calling it a Holiday Tree. There is no such thing. Lighting and decorating a tree is solely a tradition of Christmas and no other holiday, and it should be called a Christmas Tree. The town is not calling it that. That's like lighting a menorah and calling it something else. I'm very happy to share in the tradition of lighting a Christmas Tree with people of all faiths, but there is no reason to call a Christmas Tree a Holiday Tree....
Andrea November 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM
Kieran - Catholics are not the only Christians. And therefore not the only people with a tree... Oops wait is Christian now offensive and that's why he said Catholic? Probably not - it's just the word he chose.
Andrea November 15, 2011 at 11:31 AM
Ted, I really don't know what the town is calling it or why. The Patch wrote holiday tree and it doesn't bother me - I don't think they're trying to be PC - I think it just happens to be what they wrote. The town signs say Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting. Which I think you just said ok? And I'm not bent out of shape at all - I'm in the who could care this much over word choice camp? And I have heard of no one calling Christmas offensive so I'm in the don't put words in people's mouth camp.
Gene Sicard November 25, 2011 at 06:38 PM
I wonder was the "Holiday Tree' an edict from corporate (AOL who owns Patch) or from the 2 Local Ladies who run the Huntington addition?
Leah Bush (Editor) November 25, 2011 at 06:56 PM
LOL, I doubt very much it was an edict from AOL. I just put up a preview for our Christmas Tree Lighting and I called it a Christmas Tree because that's what the Chamber of Commerce called it. "Holiday Tree" is probably what the Huntington Chamber called it...no biggie.
Pam Robinson (Editor) November 25, 2011 at 09:00 PM
Gene, there's no edict. If you check the town site, you'll see that's what the town is calling it. Ditto the parade. People are free to say Christmas in reference to the parade if you'd prefer.
Gene Sicard November 25, 2011 at 10:14 PM
Thank God we're still free to call it a "Christmas Tree", what's next... lighting the 8 candle holiday thingee?
Jonathan Dees November 25, 2011 at 10:17 PM
Oh, great. Another Huntington parade with a bunch of fire trucks and ambulances blasting their horns. Can't wait.......
Robert W November 26, 2011 at 02:01 AM
Heres a idea Jonathon stay home! No one is forcing you to go! And if you went last year you would have noticed it was more than a bunch of fire trucks and ambulances blasting their horns.
adriana eriksen November 25, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Can t wait for next years parade. Never knew huntington did a parade for the hoildays. As the the floats were leaving up our road the kids were going nuts. Wish I knew this year but we will be there next year. Any thoughts on this years parade?

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