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The City of Poughkeepsie, in conjunction with the Bardavon, Vassar Brothers Medical Center/Health Quest, thePoughkeepsie River District Business Association, and the Walkway over the Hudson will present the 22nd annual Celebration of Lights Parade and Fireworks on Friday, December 4 at 6:30pm. Each year thousands of people attend this event, voted by Dutchess County Tourism as the "Best Event" of the holiday season.

The parade will commence at 6:30pm on Main Street and Garden Street and proceed to the evening’s first Christmas tree lighting on Main, near Market Street. The Celebration of Lights Parade is led by Mayor John Tkazyik and members of the Common Council and will be joined by the Amerscott Highland Pipers, Poughkeepsie Exempt Fireman’s Association Color Guard, DARE, Arlington Rotary Club, Miss Hudson Valley, Miss Hudson Valley Teen, Dutchess Jeep & Dodge, Red Knights Motorcycle Club, Dutchess County Girl & Boy Scouts and several Hudson Valley Philharmonic brass ensembles. Also joining in the parade will be performances by Arm of the Sea Theatre and IABAS Traditional Brazilian Band with 200 children from Warring, Morse, Clinton and Kreiger elementary schools. Finally Santa Claus will arrive on a City of Poughkeepsie Fire Engine.

The parade will proceed down Main Street to Clover Street where the parade will convene at Dongan Square Park for the second Christmas tree lighting. Then at 7:15, Poughkeepsie River District Business Association and Legion Fireworks will present the area's only winter fireworks display along Poughkeepsie's waterfront.  A third tree will be lit at Upper Landing Park (83 N. Water Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601). Walkway Over the Hudson will be hosting this tree lighting, along with hot cocoa, carolers and a small pit fire. Visitors may take the Walkway Waterfront Elevator up to the bridge to view the fireworks from high above the Hudson River. Walkway members may watch the fireworks display for free while nonmembers are asked to pay a suggested donation of $5. Please visit for more information.

Following the parade at 8PM the Bardavon will be screening Miracle on 34th Street. 

 To be a part of the parade Please contact Tifany Green at 845.473.2072 or email, click here.

Sponsors include:Vassar Brothers Medical Center/Health Quest, Rhinebeck Bank, Dutchess Dodge, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, The Poughkeepsie Journal, WPDH/WRRV/, WDST, WKZE, WKIP, The City of Poughkeepsie PBA, Fallkill Properties, Dutchess Beer Distributors, McCabe & Mack, Hogkins Agency, Prime Retirement Asset Management, Riverside Bank, Dorsey Metrology, Torsone's Funeral Home, Fallkill Properties and Central Hudson Gas and Electric.


View Celebration of Lights parade video clip click here

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Last modified: 2015-12-01 21:55:05