NEW CASTLE —
A gorgeous night lured hundreds out last night for the annual Light Up Night Parade downtown.
The event kicked off with the lighting of the Christmas tree on Kennedy Square at 6:45 p.m. to the accompaniment of the New Creation Church members, who inspired the crowd with Christmas carols.
Vendors sold light sabres, balloons and other toys for the kids as they waited. But once the parade started moving down West Washington Street from the Columbus Innerbelt, all eyes were on the firetrucks, marching bands, colorful floats, majorettes, cheerleaders and civic and volunteer groups.
Yet to the children on hand, nothing was as sweet as the candy being tossed from floats into their eager hands.
Horses marched with the New Castle Rotary Club and the little Shriner’s cars raced around the streets. A huge snowman floated past spectators and students from school majorette groups and local dancing schools twirled glittered hoops and pompoms. Firetrucks screeched and flashed as children covered their ears.
Some spectators said they come every year while others were attending for the first time because they had children or grandchildren taking part in the parade. A vendor from Ashtabula said he loves coming to the New Castle parade, stating he wished they had one like it at home.
At the end, after all the bands and churches and merchants, and emergency vehicles went past, Santa made an appearance with the New Castle Fire Department.
The evening concluded with a fireworks display, making it a festive night to kick off the holiday season, and one for the kids to remember.