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Christmas parade welcomes the holiday season

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    Melanie Lekocevic/Columbia-Greene Media A crowd waits outside the Ravena firehouse for the Christmas parade to wind its way down Main Street on Saturday.
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    Melanie Lekocevic/Columbia-Greene Media A fire truck all dolled up for Saturday’s parade in Ravena.
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    Melanie Lekocevic/Columbia-Greene Media The crowd eagerly awaits the start of the parade on Main Street in the village.
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    Melanie Lekocevic/Columbia-Greene Media Ravena Mayor Bill Misuraca, second from left, addresses the parade crowd as town and village officials look on.
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    Melanie Lekocevic/Columbia-Greene Media A fire truck bearing village and town officials - on the roof and on the front fender - makes its way down the parade route as the crowd cheers.
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    Melanie Lekocevic/Columbia-Greene Media Santa Claus waves from atop a fire truck as he helps kids of all ages welcome the holiday season this weekend.
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    Melanie Lekocevic/Columbia-Greene Media A float in this weekend’s Christmas parade that began at the town Christmas tree at Coeymans Landing and ended up at the village tree on Main Street across from the Ravena firehouse.
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    Melanie Lekocevic/Columbia-Greene MediaThe crowd cheered as fire trucks, floats and marchers went down the road, some tossing candy to the children.
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    Melanie Lekocevic/Columbia-Greene Media A water rescue boat from the Coeymans Fire Co. helps parade goers welcome the holiday season.
December 5, 2017 - 12:15 am

RAVENA-COEYMANS – The air was brisk but skies were clear and spirits were high for the annual Christmas parade Saturday.

The parade began in Coeymans Landing with the lighting of the town Christmas tree, and then a line of marchers, floats and fire trucks made their way up Main Street to the village tree, across the street from the Ravena firehouse.

Along the way, the streets were filled with onlookers who cheered as marchers passed by.

Once they reached the village Christmas tree on Main Street, village and town officials – and, of course, Santa Claus – climbed down from one of the fire trucks to welcome the crowd to the parade.

Ravena Mayor Bill Misuraca welcomed the crowd at the village tree, located at the veterans’ monument on Main Street. He tipped his hat to the organizers and people who made the parade possible.

“This is my third year and this is the biggest and the best,” Misuraca said. “We can’t do it without the workers and the helpers and volunteers, and fire companies and police.”

The parade is a good way to get everyone in the community involved, he added.

“It’s just a wonderful feeling – if we can get this kind of participation when it comes to big projects, we will be going places,” he said with a laugh.

For Coeymans Town Supervisor Philip Crandall, the annual parade is a great way to usher in the holiday season.

“This brings the whole community together,” Crandall said. “Everybody loves Christmas and the spirit of Christmas. It brings everyone together with such a wonderful spirit. It doesn’t matter who you are – everybody loves Christmas.”

Town Councilman Tom Dolan said sitting atop the fire truck’s roof with other town and village officials was a bipartisan show of community, and an exciting start to the season.

“It was a great event for the community,” Dolan said. “It’s really fun and it was good to see the crowd and all the decorated houses, and everyone seems to be enjoying the night. The weather is cold enough to know it is December but nice enough to be outside. There is a lot of holiday cheer.”

After the village tree was lit everyone headed across the street and into the Ravena firehouse for refreshments and a visit with Santa Claus.