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Watertown’s tree lighting, parade to be held Thursday night

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WATERTOWN — Public Square will be lit up for the holidays starting Thursday.

The city’s annual tree lighting and parade will be held in Public Square on Thursday evening after a year’s absence.

Last year, the city celebrated with a drive-thru, reverse-style parade, and the festivities were viewed from vehicles. The tree lighting wasn’t publicized beforehand because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday’s downtown parade will be going back to the traditional event that’s been held for decades. The tree lighting also is back.

“We’re very excited to have the event happen in person,” said city Senior Planner Jennifer Voss, who is organizing the event.

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Watertown’s tree lighting & Christmas parade this week

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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – Watertown will officially ring in the holiday season this week.

Joseph Wessner is president of the Watertown Downtown Business Association and Geoff Urda is the city’s planner.

They talked about Watertown’s annual tree lighting and Christmas parade.

The tree will be lit at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 2. The parade will follow and begins on Court Street, heads through Public Square, and exits on Mill Street and the Black River Parkway.

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