Thousands flood Lakewood to "Light up" the town

Thousands flood Lakewood to "Light up" the town

LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) - Just last weekend, Cleveland turned on the holiday lights at Winterfest and Saturday night thousands headed to Lakewood to kick off their holiday season. It seems as if the annual light up lake holiday parade was being pulled by a dog sled team this year.

"They are Siberian huskies, double coated, doing what they're bred to do and that is pull as you can see they are all happy up there," said one of the handlers.

Thousands squeezed onto Detroit Avenue to see the sights and sound and they came from far and wide.

"We have people coming not just from Lakewood but from counties outside of Cuyahoga this is a huge destination," said one of the organizers.

Promoted as fun for the entire family, the parade lived up to its billing. The city's police chief was one of an estimated 10,000 spectators taking it all in.

"Tree will be lit, Santa Claus will be here and the fireworks," said Chief Timothy Malley. "It's going to be a good night."

And he wonders about the economic impact from all of these people.

"All the stores are certainly open, restaurants are packed," Chief Malley said. "It is a good night for everybody."

Some braved the cold to be in the mix while others took in the sights from the warmth of a curbside coffee shop. And of course the tree lighting ceremony sponsored by Lakewood Alive was one of many highlights.

And a fireworks display was a fitting end to an event that lasted all day.

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