Festival of Lights illuminates Attleboro

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ATTLEBORO – One of southern New England’s brightest holiday displays lit up for the season Thursday night.

It’s the 61st Annual Festival of Lights at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro. For many, it’s a thanksgiving tradition to go to the first lighting. “We eat our meal and everybody knows we’ll get bundled up and we’ll take a ride and check out the lights,” said Clifford Medeiros of Fall River.

Around 200 volunteers help put it all together. “It’s a lot of work but we really enjoy having all these people from different walks of life coming to us,” Fr. Cyriac Mattathilanickal told ABC6 News.

More than 300,000 people are expected to come to this year’s festival, which runs nightly from 5 to 9 through January 4.

The festival is the largest outreach program for the Shrine, which relies heavily on donations.

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