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Photos: Purple People Bridge is Lit Up for Season-Long Christmas Walk

The Purple People Bridge is ready for the holidays.

The Newport landmark was lit up with a celebration on Friday night, kicking off the inaugural Christmas Walk.

The 145-year old span is now decked out with lights, decorations, and music throughout December.

In a ceremony hosted by the Newport Southbank Bridge Company, the lights were flicked on by Giabella Guidugli, the 5-year old daughter of Newport city commissioner Thomas Guidugli. She was joined by other local kids in the effort.

The Christmas Walk continues through January 1, and the Tree of Lights takes center stage with one thousand white and purple lights strung across the bridge, and projected lighting, seasonal music, wreaths, and scenic views of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

“It’s been an exciting year for the Purple People Bridge,” said Jack Moreland, president of the Newport Southbank Bridge Company, “and we couldn’t think of a better way to cap off the end of the year than by inviting families to celebrate the holiday season by enjoying a Christmas Walk on the Purple People Bridge.” 

The Newport Southbank Bridge Company, which owns and operates the bridge, recently outfitted the entire length of bridge with a speaker system that will provide Christmas music during the Christmas Walk and music for other events held on the bridge. The Christmas Walk is a joint effort of the Bridge Company and ColdIron Enterprises Inc.

In 2017, the Purple People Bridge introduced a number of new events and features on the bridge, including “Party on the Purple” each Wednesday night during the summer, the “Boom on the Bridge” Labor Day fireworks party, and the new Ohio-Kentucky state border feature.

-Staff report

Photos by RCN's Brian Frey

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