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Joyce Endee

Christmas Parade of Lights held last Friday was a huge success

November 28, 2012
BERLIN -- On Friday evening, Main Street was jam-packed with locals and tourists to witness the 21st annual Christmas Parade of Lights, and it may have been the best turnout yet.

The Victorian Christmas themed parade was a signature event in the NH Grand Marketing initiative and proved to bring many visitors to Berlin from all over the North Country.

The warm weather, unusual for this time of year, added to the pleasant atmosphere as crowds of families and friends filled the streets for about a square mile.

Santa and Mrs. Clause were added to this year's event, and before the parade, about 200 youngsters visited with Santa and gave him their Christmas wish lists in City Hall. "They were so excited," said event participant Paula Kinney. "It was a joy to see them. You sometimes forget how wonderful it is to believe until you see it in the eyes of a child."

Lower Main Street was lit up with ten locally decorated Christmas floats, mannequins in the storefronts, Christmas trees and decorations, and smiling faces of families and friends. IGA won the "best float" award given by the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce. After the parade, the last exhibit of lights was a fabulous display of fireworks.

The parade also included animals from the BHS Band, Roy Family Farm, Berlin National Guard, Berlin and Gorham EMS and Fire, many candy throwers and Christmas characters, and many local businesses and organizations who displayed a variety of Christmas themes.

Berlin Main Street Program and Kiwanis Club sponsored the parade. Mannequins in the store fronts were provided by Theater North. Fireworks were presented by Anderson Pyrotechnics and were sponsored by the city of Berlin.

"All in all, it was a huge success," said Kinney. "Thank s goes out to the many, many hard working people who care. Thank you to everyone who participated in the parade and to everyone who came out to watch."

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