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Westport Celebrates Hanukkah With Menorah Lighting, Car Parade

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe lights the first candle on the giant outdoor menorah outside Chabad of Westport Tuesday night.
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe lights the first candle on the giant outdoor menorah outside Chabad of Westport Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
Children sing a Hanukkah blessing at Tuesday night's community menorah lighting in Westport.
Children sing a Hanukkah blessing at Tuesday night's community menorah lighting in Westport. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
Dozens of children and adults gathered around a giant outdoor menorah in Westport Tuesday night, the seventh night of Hanukkah.
Dozens of children and adults gathered around a giant outdoor menorah in Westport Tuesday night, the seventh night of Hanukkah. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
Staples high School student Noah Robins helps light the menorah at Tuesday night's Hanukkah celebration in Westport.
Staples high School student Noah Robins helps light the menorah at Tuesday night's Hanukkah celebration in Westport. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
A parade of cars topped with electric menorahs was part of Tuesday night's Hanukkah celebration at Chabad of Westport.
A parade of cars topped with electric menorahs was part of Tuesday night's Hanukkah celebration at Chabad of Westport. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. —  Tuesday night may have marked the seventh night of Hanukkah, but the dozens of children and adults gathered outside Chabad of Westport for a community menorah lighting made it feel like the first night of the eight-day Jewish holiday all over again.

Among those braving the chilly weather was Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, who was given the honor of lighting the first candle on the giant menorah.

“I’m so honored to be here,” Marpe said before lighting the menorah. “This is what Westport is so much about: community, family, celebrations and sharing our traditions together.”

As Marpe lit the first candle, a chorus of young voices sang a Hanukkah blessing. Once all the candles were lit, a parade of at least eight cars topped with electric menorahs hit the road.

“You see so many cars decorated for Christmas. This [parade] makes Jewish kids feel proud of their holiday,” said Chabad Co-Director Dina Kantor, wife of Rabbi Yehuda Kantor.

The night’s festivities also included music, entertainment, potato latkes and doughnuts.

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