Atlantic City’s $600,000 Holiday Parade, Lights Program

holidaylightsWEBHurricane Sandy was a real Scrooge coming to town right before the holiday season, but Atlantic City is ready to brighten up its streets with plenty of holiday spirit.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Atlantic City Tourism District will launch a new $600,000 holiday lighting program and holiday parade in Atlantic City.

Atlantic City’s main corridors, including Atlantic Ave., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Center City Park and O’ Donnell Park, will be putting on strings of holiday bling and provide a festive background for Atlantic City’s Holiday Parade this Saturday.

The parade will begin at noon and include floats, bands, community groups and costumed characters. The hour-long parade will also feature Miss Atlantic City 2012, Aliyah Montaque, and an appearance by that jolly fat man Santa Claus.

The centerpiece of this year’s holiday lights will be the addition of a 35-foot Christmas tree, which was donated by Tanger Outlets to the Atlantic City Tourism District and will turn on with the flick of a switch on Dec. 1.

It will reside throughout the holiday season at the foot of the Atlantic City Expressway. — Carmella Shillito

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