A tradition started in 1996
Starry Starry Night was created in 1996 by Manuel King and two other community members after Manuel and his wife Mary were inspired by First Night events in Hartford and Boston and wanted to bring a cultural family-friendly New Year’s Eve event to their hometown of Orange.
Starry Starry Night history
For twenty years, Starry Starry Night included the tradition of a Puppet Parade, using artistically whimsical giant puppets. The photos below show David Flint leading the original Parade of Puppets. When the puppets were damaged in storage a few years ago, Manny came up with the idea of a Parade of Stars. These days, you’re encouraged to make your own star and join the parade, which starts at 10 PM. The short route starts at Town Hall and ends at Memorial Park in time for the fireworks over the river. Everyone is welcome to march in the parade and no sign-up is necessary. Here are some ideas for making your own star.
Amazing ice sculptures are created and illuminated in Memorial Park. Watching the ice sculptors work is a favorite activity for families.
Every year brings many talented musicians and performers, performing in downtown buildings made available by the town, local churches, and local businesses.
The fireworks finale is something everyone looks forward to.
Every year, the posters and programs are created by a graphic designer. We highlight the many talented musicians and performers who entertain our community for the evening and thank donors.
Thank you to Mike Phillips and other community photographers for the Starry Starry Night photos that commemorate this long tradition in Orange.