What a parade!

Thousands of kids and adults lined the route of the 57th annual VFW Santa Parade on a mild and picture-perfect Sunday this week. The Lamplighter guesses that a lot of folks were chomping at the bit to get out of the house and attend this fun event that included many wonderful floats and thrilling marching bands — on point and in tune. Karla Pattavina’s Dance Academy put on a real crowd-pleaser, with the dancers and hoop twirlers in sync and doing a superb job, as did other performance groups.

Watch the Santa Parade on HC Media

If you weren’t able to attend Sunday’s 57th annual VFW Santa Parade, you can now watch it on HC Media’s local access channel 22. The show is hosted by HC Media personality Lindsay Paris and Eagle-Tribune advertising manager Dave Shultz. They were stationed at White’s Corner to catch all of the action.

Thank you Santa Parade organizers

The VFW Santa Parade was as thrilling as anyone could have hoped for considering it was at risk of being downsized or even canceled due to concerns for COVID-19. Dan Plourde Sr., chairman of the VFW Santa Parade Committee, assembled a team of a dozen helpers, all of whom deserve credit for organizing such a great community event.

City Christmas tree is up

Mayor James Fiorentini was in Washington Square on Monday to watch the installation of this year’s Christmas tree. The mayor said Water Street resident Colin Kennedy donated the big spruce tree, which his son had planted about 25 years ago when he was a student at Sacred Hearts School in Bradford. The tree grew mightily in Kennedy’s front yard. A tree-lighting ceremony is planned for Friday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m. Santa will make an appearance by horse-drawn carriage. Holiday caroling and more will be part of the fun.

Bell ringers needed

The Kiwanis Club of Haverhill is in need of volunteer bell ringers to help those less fortunate by raising funds for the Salvation Army. Club members say this is a great exercise to include kids in to introduce them to volunteering. Bring a boom box with holiday music or bring an instrument and play a little or just ring the little bell. Volunteers are needed to work two-hours shifts Saturday, Nov. 27, or Saturday, Dec. 4, at any of the city’s three Market Basket locations. For more information, contact Peter Carbone at 508-320-7710.

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