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'Unbelievable' crowds back up shrine traffic in city - The Sun Chronicle : Local News

'Unbelievable' crowds back up shrine traffic in city

Light display has season's biggest night

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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 12:00 am

ATTLEBORO - The light display at LaSalette Shrine drew its largest crowd of the season on Saturday night, backing up traffic in the center of town and keeping the massive spectacle open an extra hour on the relatively mild December night.

"The word I would use is almost 'unbelievable,' because they are still coming in," the Rev. Jerry Boulanger said just after 9 p.m., when the display was scheduled to close.

"We will leave the lights on until 10."

The backup reached its peak around 7 p.m., when police officers began directing traffic at the intersection of Routes 123 and 152.

Boulanger, the superior at the shrine, said some visitors told him that traveling from Bliss Brothers - just a half-mile down Route 118 - took 30 minutes.

"Tonight has definitely been the biggest night of the season," he said. "So we're grateful."

Saturday night's weather was brisk but bearable, with a low of 36 degrees as of 7 p.m. Sunday's anticipated high is 39 degrees, but things will pick back up on Monday, with an expected high of 49 degrees.

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