The streets of Huntington village were lit by tiny colored bulbs on Saturday night, as the Huntington Village Holiday Parade made its way up New York Avenue and Main Street.
The Huntington Fire Department took this year’s “Best Fire Department Float” award. Crocco Landscaping won for “Best Commercial Float,” and the Huntington Community First Aid Squad took first place for “Best Not-For-Profit Float.”
Blondie’s Bake Shop owner Jess Kennaugh drove the parade route in the bakery’s food truck, having decorated her ride with strings of colorful Christmas lights; those atop floats threw “snow” and candy and fire department merchandise.
Christina Riegler attended the parade and street fair with her three children, as they have for the past few years.
“It was so much smaller,” she said, remembering the first time she brought Keira, 8, Nathan, 6, and Jack, 5, to the parade. “It’s gotten a lot bigger and a lot more crowded.”
Overtaken by an inflatable obstacle course, a video game truck and several booths, Wall Street was open only to foot traffic for a few hours.
The village Christmas tree stood illuminated in the surrounding darkness for the first time this season, as Town Supervisor Frank Petrone and accompanying council people counted down to the tree lighting.
Children, with their parents, walked to the end of the block to sit on Santa Claus’ lap.