There were dancers a twirling, Boy Scouts a marching, fire trucks blaring, princesses singing, and even a Grinch a lurchin’ in the early hours on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, while groups from Sayville and the surrounding community made their way down the center of Main Street for the return of the annual Christmas Parade. All gathered on the sidewalks that morning waited with bated breath for the last truck to arrive to get the year's first glimpse of the North Pole’s most famous elf, Santa Claus!
Scheduled to coincide with Small Business Saturday, The Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce’s Miracle on Main Street attracts hundreds of attendees from the surrounding community to downtown Sayville for the start of the holiday shopping season each year. As jolly Saint Nick rode out of sight, families strolled through Sayville’s picturesque Main Street, popping in and out of the glowing storefronts, reminestant of an era before big box stores and two-day delivery.
Daytime shopping and trolley trips gave way to a vibrant evening street fair, complete with rides, entertainment, and holiday exhibits. Bundled up against the cold, kids watched classic Christmas movies on an outdoor screen or stopped to jump in the gingerbread themed bouncy house. Standing watch over the merriment from its place of prominence in Sparrow Park, was the towering majestic spruce chosen to be this year's community Christmas Tree. A loud cheer went up as the Chamber of Commerce flipped the switch to illuminate the tree with thousands of cheerfully colored bulbs and officially harrold in the holiday season.
Scroll through the Gazette's gallery of Scenes from this years Miracle on Main
Photos by Kate Berube