Despite rain in the forecast, enormous crowds filled downtown Carmel Saturday
evening for the 24th annual Holiday on the Lake parade.
Other holiday parades were held in the Village of Montgomery and Town
of Wallkill, attended by large crowds.
In Carmel, police estimated more than 5,000 were on hand for the county
seat’s annual electric light extravaganza featuring some 40 brightly
lit and colored floats.
Following the parade, a switch was flicked and 80 holiday trees along
the Gleneida lakeshore became illuminated as Christmas carols echoed throughout
Activities that preceded the parade included a pancake breakfast, Christmas
crafts, a caroling festival, hayrides, a chowder tasting event and a Santa
Stroll where bystanders cheered on a small army of Santa’s to benefit
the American Cancer Society.
And as if on cue as the festivities wound down, it began to rain. Thank