From Mayor Finch:
Hundreds gathered in McLevy Green Thursday night, as Mayor Bill Finch, Santa, and WICC Morning Show hosts Tony Reno and Mike Bellamy presided over the Mayor’s Annual Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting.
New this year, the 25 foot tall Christmas Tree takes center stage at McLevy Green–covered with hundreds of red and white lights and ornaments.
The festivities included performances by the Central High School Choir, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Choir, the Bridgeport Lighthouse Afterschool Choir and the Bridgeport Theatre Company.
Rabbi Shlame Landa from Chabad of Fairfield spoke about the upcoming Chanukah celebration and lit the first light on the menorah. Mayor Finch and City Council member M. Evette Brantley provided Kwanzaa blessings and information about the holiday that is observed from December 26 to January 1.
Santa arrived on a firetruck and marched onto McLevy Green to the sounds of the Park City Pride Combined Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps.
The event was co-sponsored by the City of Bridgeport and the Downtown Special Services District.