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Patchogue’s annual holiday parade makes a big comeback this weekend

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The 59th annual Patchogue Christmas parade returns Saturday to Main Street — and this year’s celebration has some fun surprises in store. 

The parade, run by the village’s Parks & Recreation Department, will have a “Whoville Christmas” theme in honor of Dr. Seuss’ famous book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

“There’s gonna be a lot of grinches and ‘Cindy Lou Whos,’” said Maria Giustizia, director of Patchogue Village’s Parks and Recreation Department. “We’re really excited, it’s been almost two years since we had our last parade and I know everyone in the community is excited as well.” 

The parade hasn’t happened since 2019 due to pandemic.

Starting at 6 p.m., marchers will meet for staging in front of the old Bargain Bilge building and then walk down Main Street to the Capital One Plaza, where five judges are stationed. 

The lineup includes local scouts, eight local fire departments, the Long Island Ducks, various dance groups, the Long Island Ghostbusters, and a few local celebrities like Patchogue’s own Christian Guardino, who was on season 12 of America’s Got Talent, and East Patchogue singer Amber Ferrari. 

Giustizia says Sean Henderson of Holiday Productions was generous enough to sponsor a number of floats, including the one Guardino will be performing on. 

For the first time in the event’s history, attendees can enjoy orchestral holiday music from the Atlantic Community Band directed by Ed Albinski. 

The orchestra will be located outside of the Patchogue Theatre. 

“It’s a very big undertaking, which is a beautiful thing to watch and be a part of,” Giustizia said.

Make sure to check back at GreaterPatchogue for our photos from the day.