Long Island’s biggest electric light holiday parade and float contest caps off the end of Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is a shopping celebration created by American Express to support local retailers which will be held on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, November 24. The event encourages shoppers to visit small, local businesses throughout the country and support merchants by "Buying Local." Last year more than 100 million people shopped at local, small businesses throughout the country during the event. Participating merchants throughout Huntington are offering spectacular gifts and great deals.
There will be competitions for the best parade floats in two categories – fire department and commercial – as well as for the best-decorated business.
Numerous fire departments, scouts, and veterans and civic groups are scheduled to participate in the parade, which will begin at the Big H Shopping Center and proceed north on New York Avenue to Main Street, where it proceed west along Main Street past the reviewing stand at Wall Street to West Neck Road. Wall Street will be closed to traffic from Main Street to Gerard Street until 9 p.m. for the festival, which will include performances from many local groups and promotions from local merchants. In addition, the wildly popular Gamin ride truck will return, as will the horse and buggy rides.
Parents are invited to bring their children to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and some of their favorite characters, including Snoopy, The Grinch, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Sesame Street’s Elmo and Toy Story’s Woody. The Halesite Fire Department will have Buddy the Elf on board the actual sled used in filming the movie “Elf.” Free hot chocolate and cookies will be served.
People are encouraged to bring non-perishable food to help replenish the Huntington Food Council food pantry depleted as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Bins will be placed at locations along the parade route and at the festival.