A 56 year tradition in Elmira kicked off the holiday season again this year. The downtown holiday parade took place on Water Street and our Katie Husband caught up with some bystanders to tell her what they love about the city-wide tradition.
ELMIRA, N.Y. -- 'Twas a month before Christmas and all through the city, people were ready for the annual gaiety.
"I have come to the parade for a very long time," said Melani Liddick, an Elmira resident.
The 56th annual Downtown Elmira Holiday Parade marched down Water Street. Crowds of people were lined up to see and hear their favorites.
"The marching bands are great. It's nice to see the kids still play instruments," said Steve Ramsdell, an Elmira resident.
"I love seeing all the different costumes. I love that a lot of them are all the same as when we were younger. They still have a lot of the same things so it's just refreshing and nostalgic to come back," said Liddick.
Kids from one to 92 were joined with family and friends, which is important, especially around the holidays.
"Since it's Christmas, you get to watch the parade with your family," said Maddy Getolo, a parade bystander.
The music, costumes and floats are all highlights, but they don't top the special appearance, who many love to see, from the one and only Santa Claus.
"The one that Santa's on at the end," said Getolo. "I love Santa. He's a great guy."
Chemung County residents near and far come here every year but for one family it is an annual tradition.
"I think we've been here as long as I can remember. My parents used to take us and now I take my daughter and my grandson, not that I look that old, but it is a tradition with us," said Ramsdell.
It's one thing when family comes out together, but to see an entire community out, now that's holiday.
"Just shows that we all are still connected in one way or the other. We all come out to celebrate the same kind of thing," said Liddick.
The City of Corning will have its 18th annual Parade of Lights Saturday evening kicking off at four. Santa will light the tree in Centerway Square at 6:15 and the parade will immediately follow at 6:30.