A Sayville street transformed into a festive block party Saturday as throngs of people from around Long Island took part in the hamlet’s annual holiday tradition.
Hundreds of people lined up on South Main Street from Sparrow Park to Collins Avenue on Saturday morning as a colorful parade filled with holiday-themed floats kicked off the 10th annual “Sayville’s Miracle on Main Street” festival.
After the parade finished, local carolers serenaded revelers with holiday music. Festival attendees wandered in and out of local shops, but also had their choice of activities: craft tents, face painting, hot chocolate, sand art tents and a mobile kids gym. A tree-lighting ceremony in the evening would wrap up the festivities.
Eileen Tyznar, a West Sayville resident who sits on the board of directors for the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce — which organized the event — said she was ecstatic at the number of people at the festival.
“It’s such an amazing turnout,” Tyznar said. “I’ve been coming here for years and I’ve never seen it like this.”
Last year’s event drew roughly 5,000 people, organizers said. With the addition of features such as a merry-go-round and an ice rink for children, organizers said they expected to draw even more people this year.
Kirsten Schiffer, a Lindenhurst resident, attended the festival for the first time this year, accompanied by her boyfriend Brian Singer, 44, of East Quogue, and her two sons.
“My kids are having a great time,” she said, as she watched the boys skate on the ice rink — her favorite part of the event.
As for Singer: “Me, I’m personally looking forward to the sand sculpting,” he said with a smile.