I would like to invite Each and Every One of You to be part of one of the Hudson Valley’s most joyous – and fun – street events: The Celebration of Lights Parade taking place on an early Friday evening (December 6) in Poughkeepsie. After 25 years, this is a well-established annual tradition, a heart-warming event just as winter sets in with long nights; this year (26th) we aim to make it the most riotously good fun ever!
Infectious music and marching, by bands and random revelers – along with a lengthening necklace of spectacular floats – are the reason ever-larger crowds turn out to cheer on the mile-long parade that ends down by the River – for the real party!
A new innovation this year is reaching out to embrace marginalized groups in our community, including our neighbors with special needs. This approach, part of the Yes, People Can project, is inspired by a belief in the inherent ability of communities to find solutions to needs from within. The Celebration of Lights Parade celebrates our collective identity, as a City in renaissance.
Just as using recycled materials are now accepted as a valuable artistic resource, we eagerly promote near-invisible marginal groups to become more active partners in our overall community resurgence. Alongside three large-scale floats – all inspired by local history – strutting marchers will be in high-fashion costumes made from repurposed materials. Garbage never looked so glamorous – nor our garbage trucks (thanks to artist Suprina) so flowery!
Through the financial support of generous individuals, local businesses, the City, and a platoon of assorted volunteers chipping in over the last few months, we are already generating more ‘glow’ in our community by being more inclusive. We hope you’ll join us, any way you can – just showing up, to cheer from curbside – to feel the Warming Buzz in friendly Queen City.
I’m Andres San Millan, artistic director, Cocoon Theater – chief creator of the Parade float fleet - and I approved this message. See ya!