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First Holiday Lights Parade Draws Hundreds [PHOTOS]

The streets of Yorktown light up with holiday parade.

Hundreds of spectators lined the streets of downtown Yorktown Heights as the first annual Holiday Lights Parade lit up the streets and the faces of those who braved the cold to watch.

Fire trucks from several departments decorated in lights were joined by ambulances, highway department vehicles, floats and marchers from many organizations who marched to Jack DeVito Memorial Field for the town tree lighting, hot chocolate and carolling.

Santa himself joined in the parade but his sled must be undergoing final preparations for the big day as he instead chose to ride in a sleek 1968 Camaro complete with elves riding shotgun.

The event was co-sponsored by the Yorktown Parks and Recreation Department and the Yorktown Heights Engine Company.

Michele December 03, 2012 at 04:57 PM
It was a great Parade. Thank you Yorktown Parks and Rec and the Yorktown Fire Dept to bing some Joy and Happiness to So Many children and Adults. After a Hurricane and Snow Storm, No Power. It was Wonderful. I hope to it Next Year Bigger and Brighter. If you don't like it Don't Come. It was wonderful
William Demarest (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Looks like the children had a really fun time at the parade. A great event.
Mark Matthews December 03, 2012 at 05:07 PM
You are intentionally trying to make this about intolerance, Walden. But you know it's not. Or perhaps unfortunately it is.....the intolerance of Christmas?
smellyp@nts December 03, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Not only dat but we shuld have kids confirmed and barmitsvas and stuff in the public square too and politicians shud give campaign speeches in church's and temples...lets just mix it altogether so U cant tell where 1 ends and the other starts
leesther brown December 03, 2012 at 06:06 PM
@smelly...they've Mixed..Tampered and Diluted.....
Silvio V. Buccieri December 03, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Once again I say to you all, stop fighting and get a life, Mark I do not know how old you are, but sure wish you where with me on the front line of battle to see people dying for no reason at all. so I beg of you, in joy what you have for it won't be here for ever. Merry Christmas & and a Happy New Year. to you Mark. and thank you Walden
dita von struedel van trappyodel December 03, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I say keep Christ in Chistmas. FYI Kwanza is a made up holiday and Hannakah is a minor one - all of my Jewish friends says so... Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana are the important ones. Chistmas is a major one for Christans.
Mark Matthews December 03, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Silvio – Thank you for your service to our country and your kind words. Are we fighting or expressing our thoughts and freedom of speech that you and others so valiantly defended? I was simply pointing out that Christmas is being marginalized - intentionally. Take a look at the upcoming Croton Artisans Holiday Boutique held at the Municipal Building this coming weekend. Someone earlier said who cares about the “symbolism” behind it. Is the flyer primary blue and the numerous religious stars in the snowflakes (tilt your head for some) simply a coincidence?....Maybe. I’m sure it will be a wonderful event, it brings the community together and the kids will love it. http://ossining.patch.com/events/croton-artisans-holiday-boutique-816e1f7c#photo-12360549 It’s completely acceptable for you and others to say who cares and sit back. I was merely suggesting to others we should open our eyes and let retailers, their town boards perhaps even the media know they want Christmas to be represented again.
Nummy December 03, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Wow! I was really looking forward to watching, Snow white and the seven smurfs Christmas special
Scott Petricig December 03, 2012 at 08:41 PM
All I can say is I hope taxpayer money didn't pay for this. Roads are crumbling around town and the Highway Dept says they don't have money to fix them - I see they were able to drive their truck around in the parade though, all lit up. Just hoping that money that could have been directed towards more important town services wasn't used for this useless parade.
Laura Caseley December 03, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Christmas has been represented as the only holiday at this time of year for a long, long time. I agree that it should be, as it's a major holiday and deserves recognition. However, including other holidays doesn't diminish its importance, but I know it can feel like a loss when you don't have the spotlight all to yourself any more. No one is "marginalizing" Christmas. They're just making sure people don't feel left out. If you feel marginalized, think about how non-Christians have felt for a long time. Look, we're all in this together, so we'd better get used to it. Let's put this silliness aside and appreciate each others' company regardless of religious traditions.
Aidan December 03, 2012 at 09:53 PM
For me ... at this moment ... that's all I hope for. Too much simple innocence flies away way too soon. Let kids dream. And have fun doing it.
dita von struedel van trappyodel December 03, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I agree. As they used to stay the only purpose of government is to fix the roads and keep the guns pointed at Russia.
Martin December 03, 2012 at 10:29 PM
What a great night it was. It was also nice to see so many spectators having a good time. Oh for the record I was a Holiday Parade open to all denominations and organizations. Even if you celebrate Festivus it was open for you to participate with your pole.
Bill December 03, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Ditto. I never appreciated my tax dollars being used to drive Santa around town on the fire engines, either.
Jill Gertz December 03, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Christmas doesn't get marginalized as much as gutted of its meaning. People are trying to make it into a generic "one size fits" holiday which it isn't. 75% of people in America describe themselves as Christians. Close to 100% of the graves in Arlington, Normandy etc are marked with crosses. Western Civilization is a Christian civilization and any cursory perusal of the last 1000 years of art and architecture demonstrates that, The idea tiny minorities of people have to be protected from insult by insulting the overwhelming majority instead is a baloney. The fact is we are living in a devolving society where shoddy morals and behavior are held up as better than normal - and normal is painted as "regressive". The names of Buddha, Mohamed, Moses, etc don't embarrass anyone but Jesus strikes a chord in people and they either appreciate it or it makes their skin crawl. That's the real reason some people want to neuterer the Christmas holiday right there. Christmas trees are being called "Peace" to drop the Christ part. You don't see the same people calling menorahs "peace candles"
A Veteran for Peace December 04, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I served my country in the military for more than 6 years, I think it was a great parade. This was a great effort to bring community together. People wonder why there is so much crime and hate, maybe because community is disappearing. I praise the town for this great effort. This Time of year represents one thing love and peace, some no matter what, only want fear, hate and isolation. I ideas that bring community together must be tried, sometimes ideas do not work but judging from size of the crowd and the smiles on everyones faces it was a success.
A Veteran for Peace December 04, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Our leaders in Government, are elected by the people. Nothing wrong with these leaders promoting Community. People must participate in Government and volunteer.The parade was open to all groups Atheists, Jews, Muslims, Christians, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and even Alpacas and Dogs.
A Veteran for Peace December 04, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Sometimes small sacrifices like a few dollars are worth it, maybe we should stop all parades and Federal Holidays.
Laura Caseley December 04, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I imagine that it's tricky to put on something for the public that both honors everyone's beliefs without making anyone feel diminished, and I think that's why the end result often seems a bit bland. It's got to be a hard job, though. I'd rather see everything be celebrated than everything be smoothed over, though. And maybe a little less of the shopping pandemonium, i mean, really. I guess I just don't see anything wrong with simply including every culture (including the varying Christmas traditions, many of which pull from other religious traditions as well). I don't see why it has to be a this-or-that situation, and it frankly makes me sad that religions, all of which really have so much beauty in them, tend to make people so angry and defensive. Much of my family is Christian and while I'm not, I'm happy to celebrate with them because it means a lot to them--plus I like spending time with the family. And likewise, they don't care that I'm not quite celebrating the exact same thing. What matters is that we're together. That's what events like these are for. But if taking inclusion and celebration of non-Christian traditions alongside Christian ones as a sign of "devolving morals" and "not normal," well, then I'm okay with not being normal.
Doomerica December 04, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Let's us all celebrate the mediocrity and gentrification of the USA. It's glorious, not just at the holidays, but all year through!!!
Ross Revira December 04, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Christmas is a non-sectarian national holiday. A Christmas tree and Santa Claus are not religious. Stop being Ebeneezer Scrooge and The Gringe. Enjoy the Holiday Season.
Laura Caseley December 04, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Just voicing it as a resident of the area. I find conspiracies dull, but discussion great.
Nummy December 04, 2012 at 06:06 PM
You mean I could of brought my ferret to see Santa, now I'm bummed
JKG December 04, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Christmas a non-sectarian national holiday? Huh? Just because everyone gets the day off doesn't make it non-sectarian. And I can see how one would reason that a decorated tree, in and of itself, isn't a religious symbol and that santa claus is just some jolly, old guy in a red suit... but please. Spare me. I agree that everyone should just enjoy the holidays and the lights, etc. It's quite beautiful, but it's NOT my holiday. I don't celebrate Christmas (however I love attending the tree lightings.) I, also, have no problem with calling these events what they are -- Christmas events. But, to go so far as to say that Christmas is a non-sectarian holiday? Talk about marginalizing a very religious holiday (for those who do celebrate it.) News flash: Christmas is NOT, I repeat, NOT a part of the Jewish tradition. Even my goldfish knows that...
The shepherd December 04, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Stop the nonsense. Christmas (12/25) is and always will be a sectarian holiday.
dita von struedel van trappyodel December 04, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Let's keep the Christ in Christmas! Of course it is a sectarian holiday. Sheperd and JKG have it exactly right. Why don't all of you "inclusive, feel good, let's sing kumbaya together and hold hands people find another time of year to ... haunt? Maybe Haloween?
RICHARD FAZIO December 04, 2012 at 09:05 PM
just want to thank all the people involved in setting this CHRISTMAS parade up . for all you none believers. i don't see why they don't set up a manger. don't forget they were all jews and one of the wise men were dark skinned he might have been a muslim or african. why are you momma lukes have to hate? you want a parade do it on your holiday and don't complain about ours. just keep your kids home don't come. don't believe. just think how dull life would be without christmas . enjoy the spirit of CHRISTMAS peace on earth to all and a MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR THE REST OF US.
dita von struedel van trappyodel December 04, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Amen Richard Fazio
Nummy December 04, 2012 at 09:23 PM
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