Parade, tree & Christmas spirit light up downtown Watertown

Watertown Christmas parade & tree lighting

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Public Square was the center of celebration Thursday night as people gathered to count down to the start of Watertown’s Christmas season.

For some, it was a family affair.

"It's so nice to come do something with my children, feel safe, be outside with everybody, and just have a great time," Claudia Jaques said.

"I like that I can have memorable moments to share throughout the year and years to come," Nichole Tavani said.

It's a budding tradition for newcomers to the city.

Public Square was the center of celebration Thursday night as people gathered to count down to the start of Watertown's Christmas season.
Public Square was the center of celebration Thursday night as people gathered to count down to the start of Watertown's Christmas season. (Source: WWNY)

"This will be something we do every time they do it," Brandon Bledsoe said. "I would love to be a part of the local culture."

Float after float came down the square for the Christmas parade to the delight of children and adults alike.

"It's essential for the city to have this Christmas parade, to have the kickoff for the season," said Carol Loch, who's treasurer of the Downtown Business Association. "It just puts everybody in the Christmas spirit."

With everything there was to do during the night, one thing seemed to be a fan favorite among the kids.

"The candy, probably," Tyler Rogers said. "My pockets are full," said Tavani, who was with him.

"I'm not sure they noticed the parade, so much as all the candy in the street," Bledsoe said. "I have nine pounds of it in my pocket."

Some kids even have a strategy to get the most candy they can.

"If you have a loud voice, you like to shout so you can get them," Damiana Burrus said. "And you want to be in the front so you can get the candy."

After the parade rolled by and the tree had come to life, kids told Santa what they wanted for Christmas.

But some chose to just play in the snow.

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