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'America's Got Talent' contestant Sal Valentinetti to lead Huntington parade

Sal Valentinetti, of Bethpage, finished fifth on

Sal Valentinetti, of Bethpage, finished fifth on "America's Got Talent" Season 11 in 2016. Credit: Linda Rosier

Organizers of the seventh annual Huntington Holiday Parade have announced the grand marshal for the event.

“America’s Got Talent” finalist Sal Valentinetti, a pizza deliveryman from Bethpage who charmed millions with his renditions of old standards, will headline the parade and street festival in downtown Huntington.

Valentinetti, 21, nicknamed “Sal the Voice,” will lead the parade and perform a few numbers immediately after the tree lighting that follows the parade.

All the festivities take place Nov. 26.

This is the first year the parade will have a grand marshal and is one of many features of the day, which integrates Small Business Saturday, the parade and the festival. There will be an updated interactive map, a new Holiday Parade Facebook page, an expanded gingerbread house competition and a scavenger hunt, town officials said.

The updated interactive map can be found at, which will go live later this week and stay active through the holiday season. The site provides information about participating merchants and any offers they might have related to Small Business Saturday or the Holiday Parade, as well as the parade route and parking information. The interactive map also contains a printable sheet of coupons, town officials said.

The parade will kick off at 6 p.m. from the Big H Shopping Center on New York Avenue and will proceed north to Main Street and then west on Main Street to West Neck Road.

There will be musical performances throughout the day, including the North Shore Pops, as well as carolers strolling through downtown.

After the tree-lighting ceremony, the festival will continue on Wall Street. A DJ and Santa Claus will be on hand, there will be face-painting, bounce houses and free hot chocolate. There will also be holiday crafts and activities at both the Huntington Public Library and Panera Bread, starting at noon, town officials said.

Free parking will be available at the Huntington train station, with a free shuttle from 5 to 10 p.m.


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