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Council agrees to change Watertown’s holiday parade route

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WATERTOWN — Holiday revelers will be celebrating the city’s Christmas tree lighting with a new parade route in December.

On Monday night, the City Council informally agreed to change the parade route so that it heads down Washington Street, with the tree lighting to take place in front of Watertown City Hall.

The new route will be along Washington Street, from Winslow Street to Stone Street, the same one used during the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Senior city planner Jennifer Voss said the route change was prompted by suggestions that the parade should be longer.

“I’m OK with trying something new,” Councilwoman Sarah V. Compo Pierce said.

The new route will avoid a $4 million streetscape project on Court Street, which will be under construction during the holidays.

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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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