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Weather cancels part of Poughkeepsie Holiday Festival

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Expected winter storm conditions have organizers of one festival in Poughkeepsie changing their plans at the last minute. Our Michael Howard has the story.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Many say that sometimes Mother Nature cannot be all that friendly. For organizers of the Poughkeepsie Holiday Light Festival, that statement deems true.

“We have to watch out for everyone’s safety,” said one of the Event’s Organizers Lou Strippoli.

The expected winter storm conditions canceled the 20th annual Celebration of Lights parade and tree lighting on Dongan square.

Which is left without its usual holiday spirit, at least for now.

“We're delaying the tree lighting till tomorrow instead of this evening,” said Strippoli.

Whereas the delay changed some other plans, as well.

“It rained, so we came in here to our favorite place and had a nice cup of coffee,” said Dominick Volino.

The parade which features pipers and Santa Clause, to Brazilian dancers was canceled all together. Organizers said this is the second time in its 20 year history, weather has had an effect on their plans, and they have a strong message.

“Mother Nature you know what, you think you got us, but you don’t have us,” said Strippoli.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony and Fireworks Show is expected to take place around 4:30 p.m. in Dongan Square.

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