So, here is something unusual: a costume and group parade at night. Part of Holyoke's 10-day Winter Carnival, the parade is a 1.5 hour event that will present a good challenge to photograph moving objects, but hopefully also provide some opportunities for peripheral views that are interesting. Thanks to Katie Harper of the New England Oddities meetup for digging this up.
Plan on being there on time, as we need to find a good spot to capture the parade among the crowds. Let's meet in front of the Rite Aid pharmacy (I recommend not to use their parking lot for parking, I have been towed once before on one after hours).
We can car pool, because this is a good drive west from the Boston metro area. I can take up to three people with me. Car pooling is also good to keep urbex attention down.
This is the marching route for the parade, which will begin at 6 pm sharp in front of the former Lynch School and walk down Northampton Street:
The corner of Woods or Florence Ave and Northampton may be a good spot, as we can use the bend in the street to capture the parade coming towards us.
Since the parade is a rather short event, we will do some urban exploration afterwards, as Holyoke is the holy grail for urbex, I've never seen so many dilapidated and abandoned places in one location. Most of this stuff is further east and will require a short drive to Canal and Race Streets.
For part 2, we will meet at the 2-14 Canal Street bridge (Point B), where you will find points A, B and C in the map below. If there is interest, stamina, warm enough temperatures, we can move on (drive) to the east end of Canal Street, where Lyman St crosses the canal again. From there on, you can take photos from the street or enter some of the compounds, but officially, that will be trespassing and as always, everyone is responsible for their own actions. :-)
Suggested equipment: medium to long zoom lenses for the parade, you want to zoom past the crowd. Fast glass (wide aperture capability) will help you keep high ISO shots of the moving parade sharp. Wide angle lenses and intervalometer/remote control for urbex.