Torchlight parade kicks off holidays

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Dec. 6, 2012
A fire truck from South Windsor is adorned with an inflatable Frosty the Snowman. Photo contributed. - Contributed Photo

The sidewalks of the quaintly-lit New England Colonial and folk Victorian-style homes on Enfield Street were flooded with members of the community as they watched a procession of fire and police vehicles, with sirens blaring and lights flashing, proceed down Route 5 for the town’s annual Torchlight Parade and Carol Sing hosted by the Hazardville Fire Department on Dec. 5.

“For me it symbolizes for Enfield the kicking off of the holiday season, where we do a mixture of celebrating, but it also marks the time when the community bands together to take care of those that are in need with the ‘Toys for Joy’ campaign, support of our food shelf and Loaves and Fishes,” said Mayor Scott Kaupin. “Enfield does take care of its neighbors, and that is what the holidays are all about. It’s about giving that gift to your fellow man, paying forward and supporting. It is the kick-off of the season where Enfield really shines and shows what it is all about.”

The parade of vehicles from fire departments throughout the state were covered in Christmas lights, and joined inflatable characters and wreaths, as well as floats from various businesses and organizations in the procession from Enfield Street School to the Town Hall, to the sound of classic holiday tunes performed by the Enrico Fermi and Enfield High School bands.

On the town green, hundreds of guests gathered around the brightly-lit gazebo awaiting both Santa’s arrival and the tree-lighting. After a countdown from Kaupin and the crowd, a switch was flipped by middle school student Kylie Kaufman, lighting up the Christmas tree which was filled with red, green and blue lights. Kylie’s father, Ken, purchased the right to light the tree at the Enfield High School Safe Grad Auction. After the tree-lighting, members of the community gathered around bleachers filled with elementary and middle school students as they led the carol sing with everyone’s favorite holiday music.

“It was one of the better-attended torchlight parades that I have been a part of,” Kaupin said. “Events like this build on each other year after year, and it’s becoming a popular event for the town to come out and support. It definitely has turned into a great community event that gets people ready for the holiday season. It is just breathtaking seeing all the different trucks and floats lit up with the Christmas lights,” he said.

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