Ringing of the bells kicks off holiday season

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The city of Troy will be kicking off the holiday season this Thursday with an annual tradition. The ringing of the bells will take place at noon on the Riverfront Park staircase.

The event marks the start of the annual holiday shopping season.

The tradition stems from the Meneely Foundry, which called Troy home from 1826 to 1952. More than 65,000 bells were made there.

People are encouraged to bring their own bells and ring alongside the city before they go out and shop.