Parade & Tree Ceremony Light Up Downtown WatertownPosted: Updated:
The Christmas season kicked off in Watertown Thursday night with the annual Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony.
Sirens from Watertown police cars were the sound-off for the parade, which closed down the north side of Public Square.
"I've never seen a Christmas Parade before," Watertown resident Alycia Parson said.
There were over 38 floats. The route began on Court Street.
Mayor Joe Butler said that this is one of the most well-attended parades in Watertown.
"The parade for the Christmas parade is always the biggest and most well attended," he said. "Tonight's no different, people are excited about approaching the holiday season and Christmas, so there's a lot of enthusiasm, the weather's still decent."
When the parade kicked off at 7 p.m., it was in the low to mid-30s, but that didn't stop spectators from coming out.
When asked how she was handling the weather and the parade, Alycia Parsons said, "I stay warm a lot.'"
After the parade, there was a tree lighting ceremony before the square cleared out.
Anchor and reporter Patrick Malowski was master of ceremonies. 7 News was a sponsor.