Friday, November 30, 2018



Poughkeepsie Celebration of Lights Turns 25

2017 light parade

POUGHKEEPSIE – The City of Poughkeepsie, in conjunction with the Poughkeepsie River District Association and the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, will hold the 25th annual "Celebration of Lights Parade and Fireworks” this evening. 

Mayor Robert Rolison said it is “a festive event held when Poughkeepsie looks absolutely beautiful and thousands of people will gather to enjoy the parade, fireworks, entertainment and community spirit."

The parade steps off at 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Garden streets, heading west on Main with a pause at Mural Square Park for a brief tree lighting ceremony and then proceeds down Main Street, turns right on Clover Street and ends at Dongan Square Park where the city's second tree will be illuminated. 

Representatives from Dutchess Outreach will have a tent set up right next to the tree at Dongan Square and will be collecting non-perishable food donations for their Poughkeepsie-based food pantry.  Tara Whalen, associate director of Dutchess Outreach, stressed the importance of making donations, saying "many of our community members go hungry during the holidays and the donations go a long way to alleviating the problem."

The fireworks, hosted by the Poughkeepsie River District Association and Legion Fireworks will take place at 7:15 p.m.  Mike Reed, owner of Noah's bar on Mill Street said that the River District Association assists with the area's only "winter fireworks" to help ensure that the night is a success. 

According to the bar owner, "the Poughkeepsie River District Association was formed in 1997 to help unify and strengthen the business environment within the waterfront area of the city."  In addition to Noah's, the association is made up of Caffe Aurora, Mahoney's, Amici's Milanese and The Derby.

Traffic is expected to experience heavy delays in the downtown area during the event and alternate routes to the train station are highly recommended.  Rinaldi Boulevard and North Water Street via Route 9 access to the lower waterfront is the suggested route for those seeking to get to the train station.


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