The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition kicked off the holiday season on December 5, eventually stuffing the stocking of the Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank with nearly $70,000. The 22nd annual event drew about 7,000 Seattleites to Westlake Center where Mayor Greg Nickels led festivities as “Honorary Figmaster.” The Seattle Sugar Plum Elves showcased a sweet performance across the street from the Qwest carousel for a croon-off that also featured the Turning Institute Singers, the Llew Crew (longtime Figgy participants from the Llewellyn family), the Seattle Labor Chorus—which worked the crowd with songs from their holiday CD—and more than 30 other caroling squads all vying for awards while the Macy’s star added to the night’s bright mood.

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