Canastota Parade of Lights draws festive crowds


CANASTOTA — On a cold November night, the village of Canastota came out in force to welcome the month of December and the Christmas spirit.

The second annual Canastota Parade of Lights saw people from all across the community come together to share in the festivities.

"The only other time the streets are lined up like this are for the Boxing Hall of Fame," Canastota resident Doris Jones said. "This is a great turnout. And it's because it's that time of the year when everybody feels good about Christmas and the goodwill towards everybody. Everybody seems to be happy around this time of the year."

The streets were lined all up and down South Peterboro Street — from the Lenox Town Court to Key Bank. Businesses of all kinds kept their doors open well into the night to share in the holidays and vendors of all kinds set up shop in the building on Peterboro and Center Center Street.

Canastota resident Julie Roache said she attended last year with her two sons, Coltan and Carter Jones, and thought last year's parade was a great time for the whole family.

"This is great for the children of our community," Roache said. "Events like this get the family in that giving spirit, too."

Six-year-old Coltan was full of anticipation for this year's event, especially after last-year's fun-filled parade which included the Canastota school bus decorated with lights and with the Grinch riding on top.

Coltan said he was excited to see Santa again this year.

"I like all the lights and how people are friendly this time of year," Coltan said.

Both Roache and Jones said they hoped to see the Parade of Lights become a tradition in Canastota for years to come.


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