CORNING -- Thousands of people came out for the 23rd annual tree lighting and Parade of Lights on Market Street Saturday, sponsored by Corning's Gaffer District and Centers Health Care.

The parade featured dozens of different floats, marching units and more.

Dora Leland and Neal Pritchard said it was their first time with the United Steelworkers float.

“We’re excited,” Leland said before the parade. “We’re hoping our lights stay lit and the snowman stays up. This is definitely a trial run for us.”

Accompanying the various floats in the parade was a brigade of Jeeps accented with Christmas lights and holiday accessories.

“They ask us to come out every year,” said Ray Aultman, founder and president of the Twin Tiers Jeep community. “(The members) all love doing it.”

Another group that came out with a float was Corning Christian Academy. The theme of their float this year was “Love Does.”

“We’re very excited,” said Erin Hughson, Director of Development at Corning Christian Academy. “This is our 35th anniversary year, so we’re trying to be out in the community and be involved.”

A number of local fire departments participated in the parade as well, including the South Corning, North Corning, Golden Glow, and East Campbell Fire Department, to name a few.

“Every year we’re excited to do this,” said Tyree Sowersby with the East Campbell Fire Department.

The Gaffer District’s Christmas celebrations will continue next weekend with the 43rd annual Sparkle festival from 5-9 p.m. on Market Street.