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Images: Amsterdam marks start of the Christmas season

State Sen. Michelle Hinchey, D-Saugerties, Angie Richards, a sales executive for Amsterdam-based Hill & Markes, U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, Amsterdam Mayor Michael Cinquanti celebrate after lighting the tree during the annual lighting ceremony at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge in Amsterdam on Friday.
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State Sen. Michelle Hinchey, D-Saugerties, Angie Richards, a sales executive for Amsterdam-based Hill & Markes, U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, Amsterdam Mayor Michael Cinquanti celebrate after lighting the tree during the annual lighting ceremony at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge in Amsterdam on Friday.

The Amsterdam community gathered at the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge Friday night with federal, state and city officials to light the city’s Christmas tree, beginning the holiday season in the Carpet City.

Mayor Michael Cinquanti, Angie Richards, a sales executive for Amsterdam-based Hill & Markes, U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, state Sen. Michelle Hinchey, D-Saugerties, brought light to the proceedings. However, royalty from the Arctic Circle stole the show — as Mr. and Mrs. Claus often do.

Gazette photographer Erica Miller was in Amsterdam for all the moments of excitement and wonder.

Experience the annual tree lighting through her lens:

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Heather Brooke Hill Clydesdales give rides for residents during the annual tree lighting ceremony at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge in Amsterdam on Friday.
Rob Spagnola, director of the Amsterdam tourism, marketing and recreation department, speaks during the annual tree lighting ceremony at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge in Amsterdam on Friday.
U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, speaks during the annual tree lighting ceremony at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge in Amsterdam on Friday.
Amsterdam Mayor Mike Cinquanti sings his own Amsterdam song with the Mohawk Valley Chorus during the annual tree lighting ceremony at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge in Amsterdam on Friday.
Santa and Mrs. Clause arrive for the annual tree lighting ceremony at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge in Amsterdam on Friday.
Santa and Mrs. Clause arrive for the annual tree lighting ceremony at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge in Amsterdam on Friday.

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Members of the Mohawk Valley Chorus, from left, Joe Snyder of Clifton Park, Amanda Grab of Porter Corners, and Mary Anne Gauger of Schenectady, sing during the annual tree lighting ceremony at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge in Amsterdam on Friday.
Jen and Dan Kryzak of Amsterdam take a selfie with their sons Jacob, 4, and Parker 1, during the annual tree lighting ceremony at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge in Amsterdam on Friday.
Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to those they pass at the annual tree lighting ceremony at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge in Amsterdam on Friday.
Maverick Seiden, 4, of Fonda is held by Mrs. Claus, while their cousin Brinkley Costner, 6, of Amsterdam, takes a seat on Santa’s knee during the annual tree lighting ceremony at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge in Amsterdam on Friday.
Twins Colton and Gwendolyn Jeffer, 7, of Fultonville smile while meeting  Santa and Mrs. Clause at the annual tree lighting ceremony at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge in Amsterdam on Friday.
Keiliamy Colon, 4, of Amsterdam smiles while meeting  Santa and Mrs. Clause at the annual tree lighting ceremony at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge in Amsterdam on Friday.

 

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