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Johnstown parade organizer hopes work will pay off with big turnout

The Amsterdam High School Marching Rams perform in the 2012 Johnstown Holiday Parade.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
The Amsterdam High School Marching Rams perform in the 2012 Johnstown Holiday Parade.
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Eleven years ago, Karen Coppola led a small and shivering holiday parade as a major blizzard swirled through the streets of Johnstown. “There were icicles coming off my eyelashes,” she said. “It was miserable.” That was the inaugural year of Johnstown’s Holiday Parade. Not a whole lot of people came out to see the snow-covered floats and bundled-up marching band. But much to Coppola’s surprise, a decade later, the event is something of a local ...


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