Johnson City Holiday Parade Lights Up Village (with photos)

By Erika Mahoney

November 29, 2012 Updated Nov 30, 2012 at 12:25 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Against a night sky, Main St. in Johnson City sparkled and dazzled during the 28th annual Johnson City Holiday Parade.

"The lights themselves make the parade, because of the way people can be inventive," said Mike Berry, American Cruisers. "Blinking lights, or like the lighted Santa you can see on the back of my car."

One rider in the American Cruiser group turned their trunk into a winter wonderland scene.

Over 47 different groups, including WBNG, participated in the parade, nearly all of them decked out in lights. Organizers said it's the only holiday night parade in the area.

"People do say, 'why do you have it at night?'" said Fran Lake, Johnson City Business and Professional Women. "It's because it's just so pretty with the lights. Some of the floats are just beautiful, and you really don't appreciate that in the daytime. So that's why we like the nighttime, and we will never change it."

For some, the lights guided the way.

"It's dark out, and without lights, it would be hard to see, but I have lots of lights," said Taryn Grant, Southern Tier Microd Association.

Something she had in common with Santa.

"There are over 2,000 lights on this float," said Santa Claus. "Johnson City put on a nice float for me."

The parade was hosted by Johnson City Business and Professional Women.

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