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Hundreds gather for 80th Endicott Holiday Parade

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ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- The 80th edition of the Endicott Holiday parade brought out hundreds of people, all eager to soak in the holiday spirit.

This year, the parade added a new partnership, pairing up with the Holiday Magic on the Avenue event, which is in it's third year.

Committee member Chris Whalen though combining the idea was a no-brainer so everyone could enjoy the fun all at once.

"We thought, 'Well, we got two events on back to back days, people coming out to the avenue both days, which is great, but let's make it easy on them and one giant holiday celebration," Whalen said. "It's great to see people take such pride in the things we do in this community."

The expansion in parade attendees meaning the bigger the audience for those participating in the multitude of bands, floats, cars, tractors and clubs involved in the holiday proceedings.

Parade chairman Darlene Leonard has been involved in the parade for 20 years, putting in the hard work from the day one of the six-month-long planning period up until the last minute.

"It's a big undertaking. People don't realize what it takes," Leonard said. "I've been fielding phone calls and emails for days and days on end, but it all comes together and it's so exciting to see it all happen. It's kind of like your whole town came out and they're all on the street together."

Leanord says it's all for the community she serves to enjoy.

"I love a parade. When you see the people get excited, I get excited,' Leonard said. "It's a tradition, you do it every year."

The parade giving attendees time to spend with family and friends, warming their hearts this holiday season.

"I get to come out and hear the sounds, see all the people, laugh sometimes cry with my friends," said Brandon Greene of Newark Valley. "It's just a beautiful time of year."

Leonard told 12 News her first thought when the parade finishes this year will be to start prepping for the 81st Endicott Holiday Parade in December 2020.

Cal Dymowski

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