All American Waste participated in the annual New Milford Festival of Lights & Tree Lighting Ceremony on the New Milford village green on Saturday, November 29th. This was the 48th year the trees have been put up in the event that has become a community tradition. The event was highlighted by the lighting of the Christmas tree on the green, visits with Santa, caroling and a parade of lights courtesy of the volunteer fire department. All American Waste, along with other local business and a dozen fire trucks participated in the 30 minute parade and other events, bringing to life Sesame Street favorites Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and fan favorite Elmo. Employees dressed as the famous characters, delighting the children in attendance and handing out glow sticks.
The event also highlighted Small Business Saturday, which encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Local merchants were in attendance prior to the ceremony to meet with people attending from the community. The idea of small business Saturday, which started in 2010, has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.
The New Milford Festival of Lights & Tree Lighting Ceremony was sponsored by the New Milford Chamber of Commerce. www.newmilford-chamber.com The trees are put up by the United Methodist Men of the New Milford United Methodist. www.newmilfordumc.org
You can see more photos at the event in this newstimes.com slideshow.