Putnam Holiday Dazzle Parade draws thousands
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Tue., Nov. 29, 2011
Putnam's 10th annual Holiday Dazzle Light Parade on Nov. 27 included more than 130 floats. Thousands of spectators lined the streets from Grove to Kennedy Drive to see the spectacle. They were treated to reindeer and snowmen, pirates and grinches. Trucks pulled trailers decorated in everything from nativity scenes to American flags, Christmas trees to purple angels, hot air balloons to fire-breathing dragons.
Spectators also collected handouts, including candy and individual tissue packets. Performances by the Killingly and Putnam High School bands entertained the crowd. Judy Jones marched down the street twirling an unbelievable hoop. Quest Martial Arts demonstrated their techniques with glowing green fluorescent chucks. A couple danced their way through the parade in a spotlight – compliments of Putnam Dance Center.
An army of pooches marched for the Animal Hospital of Putnam, their leashes lit with holiday lights. A goat went by on a float. Christmas songs blared from speakers. Woodstock Academy hockey players threw candy to the crowd. A Caterpillar wheel loader joined a line-up of 18-wheelers in a show of seasonal spirit.
Fire trucks from area towns roared in at the end of the parade, sirens sounding, their sides draped in blankets of holiday lights.
For almost two hours, the parade lit up the winter sky. People cheered and clapped, and holiday melodies and cheer filled the air.