VFW Santa Parade begins at 1 pm Sunday | Haverhill

HAVERHILL – The 57th annual VFW Santa Parade, dubbed “Santa Claus IS Coming to Town,” kicks off in front of the Bradford fire station on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Considered the longest -running parade in north Boston, the VFW Santa Parade will often draw thousands of children and parades to be held this year in an event that will include fire trucks and parades. other emergency vehicles from the other side of the Merrimack Valley, old cars and special vehicles. The Patriot Riders of New Hampshire, color guards and veteran teams, were led by Parade Grand Marshall, the purple heart of Donald Jarvis.

The famous Hallamore Clydesdales & Hitch is back with many touring bands returning, including the Georgetown Royal Lancers, Salem High School, Reading High School, Londonderry High School Lancers, Beverly High School, Haverhill High/Middle School Band and Sons of Italy Drum. and the Bugle Company.

Other musicians include the Great American Marching Band, New Liberty Jazz Band, Clan MacPherson Pipes & Drums, New Magnolia Jazz Band and the Middlesex County Volunteers Fife and Drum.

Many hopes have been added to the lineup, including Opportunity Works, Pentucket Bank, Greenleaf Academy, Haverhill Promise, King of Grace Church, Haverhill Girls Softball League, Covanta Energy, Bartlett School, Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Ozzie’s Kids and more. , the Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School float, a constant favorite.

And as usual, Santa Claus arrives at the end of the parade on a boat pulled by his flying reindeer.

The trail will take South Street, past Bradford Common Street and over Basiliere Bridge before turning south onto Merrimack Street, and then north onto Emerson Street, where it ends at block of Ginty Boulevard.

The event costs about $ 45,000 each year, with most of the money coming from donations and fundraisers and money raised during the parade itself.

To donate to this year’s Santa Parade, visit the website at http://haverhillsantaparade.com. You can send an email to VFW Santa Parade, PO Box 5345, Bradford, MA 01835.

Donate your used glasses to the Lions Club

The Haverhill Lions will be collecting donations of used glasses. Check out the Lions Club District 33N EyeMobile with Lions Club members coming along to collect your donations of used eyeglasses.

Betsy Conte Food Drive

23 -year -old Betsy Conte Food Drive during the parade. Visitors are encouraged to bring non -perishable food.

Cars will be pulled along the trail to collect donations, all of which will be moved to grass wagons donated by Chris ’Farm Stand and separated by Boy Scouts of Troop 5 from West Church and children of Betsy Conte, grandchildren, family. and friends.

The cars will donate everything collected at Common Grounds on Winter Street, to donate to local food warehouses and the Interfaith Network of Caring. Food pantries participating in this year’s food tour include All Saints Parish, Sacred Hearts Parish, Liz Murphy Open Hand Pantry, Somebody Cares New England, Pregnancy Care Center, Presidential Gardens, Emmaus House, and Common Ground.

Some of the most popular items this year are laundry, toilet paper, movie theaters, and peanut butter.

The trip will celebrate the memory of Conte, a Haverhill city councilor and community activist.

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