River of Light Illuminates Waterbury

By Sara McCloskey | smccloskey@nexstar.tv

Published 12/03 2016 07:59PM

Updated 12/03 2016 08:13PM

Larger than life flowers were glowing in Waterbury.

It's all part of the 7th annual 'River of Light" Parade that illuminated the downtown area Saturday.

More than 400 students at the Thatcher Brook Primary School made lanterns in art class for the event.

Residents also made lanterns, some so big that multiple people had to carry them.

Organizers say the community support for the parade is overwhelming.

"Chokes you up at the end, when we're in here getting everything together, running crazy, going everything we have to do to organize it, we go outside to get ready to be in the parade, and everybody's out there, that moment sort of chokes you up, and it's really what it's about, it's about the community," Angelo Arnold, co-organizer of the parade, said.

The event started 7 years ago, when artist Gowri Savoor brought it to town.

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