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Huntington holiday parade big on creativity

Revelers kick off the holiday season at Huntington

Revelers kick off the holiday season at Huntington Village's annual parade on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Eddie Irizarry parked his pickup at his uncle's gas station, his two daughters perched on folding chairs in the bed.

They had a prime location on New York Avenue in Huntington Village Saturday night, waiting for the annual holiday parade.

"Same seats, every year," Irizarry, a 41-year-old truck driver, said before bedazzled, electrified floats swept past.

The parade drew regulars such as Irizarry, whose girls always remind him about it around Thanksgiving, and Richard Shaneberger, a former volunteer EMT in suburban Pennsylvania.

"The creativity is a great thing. These guys put a lot of work into this," said Shaneberger, 48, of Huntington.

Village officials said the parade, now in its fifth year, usually draws 5,000 to 10,000 spectators. A tree-lighting ceremony followed in a temporarily vacant lot at 10 Wall St.

This year's parade theme was "Holidays Across America."

A Huntington Fire Department float featured a snowman in a hula skirt and a reindeer sitting in a beach chair. Both wore Hawaiian shirts.

The Beach Boys' "Surfin' U.S.A." blasted from the East Northport Fire Department float.

A woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty, a torch in her left hand, and a man dressed as the Naked Cowboy -- with cowboy hat, white briefs and brown boots -- waved from a New York City-themed float.

"I love your boots!" someone yelled.

The Halesite Fire Department float boasted a Santa's workshop. "I know Santa! Santa's on his way!" a man in an elf costume said into a microphone.

"They're interesting," Sonny Berberich, 60, of Huntington said of the floats as he held his grandson, Jacen Talleur, 3.

As fire trucks thundered by, Jacen inexplicably covered his mouth with a hand.

The horns and sirens were "too loud for his mouth," his mother, Diane Talleur, 31, of Huntington, said with a laugh.

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