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An Albany tradition marches downtown

December 2, 2006

Albany -- More than 100 organizations marched through downtown Albany Saturday night for a celebration of lights. It was Albany's 16th annual Christmas parade.

Many families make the parade a yearly tradition.

Fireworks light up the sky at the parade, and the face of three-year-old Ronny English. Ronny came with the holiday spectacle with his family.

"I like the Christmas lights," said Ronny English.

He's part of the fourth generation of his family out at the parade. His grandfather Joseph McGrady says they make this event a family tradition.

"It's just an exciting time, everybody enjoys it, with the music and everything going on," said Joseph McGrady.

Thousands of spectators at the parade were excited too. They watched as floats passed by, and people felt the beat of the marching band. For some, the dancers were the best part.

"The people who are performing in the parade, I like to watch them," said Vianey Galvan.

Others just enjoyed the holiday experience because it was family time.

"I like Christmas. You get presents and stuff, and you get to go out and do stuff with your family," said Eric Jones.

"It's just good to be together as a family," said Jay Harris.

And that's why Joseph McGrady and his family came to the parade. Four generations enjoyed the event together.

"It's just an exciting time that gets you into the spirit of Christmas," said Joseph McGrady.

A spirit that many shared as they watched the Christmas Parade.

More than 100 local organizations participated in the parade, from law enforcement to beauty queens and businesses.

It's estimated up to 40,000 people attend the parade. Police say they had up to 75 officers at the event to keep things under control.

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