By Jeffery Smith

CORNING - The 22nd annual Parade of Lights illuminated the Gaffer District Sunday.

Before the parade began at 4:45 p.m., there was holiday music, a sing-a-long, photos with Santa Claus and games for kids in Centerway Square, said Coleen Fabrizi, Gaffer District executive director.

City Christmas Trees in Centerway Square and in front of Arbor Housing were lit at 4:45 p.m. starting the parade, Fabrizi said. The parade came over the Bridge Street Bridge and headed east down Market Street, ending near the Radisson Hotel.

Five-year-old Victoria Schumacher, and her sister, six-year old Margaret Schumacher both had a great time at the event.

“This is our first time (at the event),” said Margaret, moments before the parade started. “I wish there was a reindeer here. Maybe there will be.”

The event had about 60 floats, including performances by the Corning-Painted Post High Marching Band, Addison Central School Band, Crystal City Pipe and Drums, and many others.

“It’s a special tradition for families, friends and our community to come together and celebrate life,” said Kelly Anderson, administrator at the Corning Center. “It’s a great time to be here.”

The parade was moved from its traditional Saturday evening slot to Sunday afternoon last year. The 42st annual Sparkle, the city’s holiday festival, will be held next weekend. For details, go to