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Smiles and Santa Light Up the 42nd North End Christmas Parade [Photos]

The smiles on children’s faces were the best part of this year’s North End Christmas Parade. It’s been a tradition for 42 years in the neighborhood. More recently, the North End Santa has been making a James Bond-like entrance from a helicopter.

After landing his “sleigh” at the ball fields of Puopolo Park, the festivities begin with the parade starting on Commercial Street and winding through the North End. There were clowns, TV characters, the Aleppo Fire Brigade along with the St. Alfio’s Band and Boston Fireman’s Band.

This year’s parade was dedicated in memory of James “Jimmy” Pallotta with several family members participating as parade marshals. The event is organized by the North End Athletic Association (NEAA) in coordination with the Nazzaro Center, North End Against Drugs and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.

Photos by Matt Conti. Download and order prints here.

Pallotta Family with NEAA and Santa who arrived by helicopter.


Santa Flying over the North End


NEAA Staff Organizers for 2012 Christmas Parade


Santa Lands at Puopolo Field


Pallotta Family with Santa who arrived by helicopter.


Circling with Santa


City Councilor Sal LaMattina with Santa
Nick, Elena and Santa


Joanne, Landon with Frosty


Frosty Greets His Fans


Character Fun
Santa and his fans.


Smoozing with Santa


John Romano and Santa


St. Alfio’s Band


Characters on Commercial Street


Sal and the St. Alfio’s Band


Minnie and a handsome horse




Aleppo Fire Trucks


Aleppo Cape Cod Division


Aleppo Fire Brigade brings out the crowds


Clowning Around


Boston Fireman’s Band




It’s December, but we’re still dancing!


Chevy classic


Baby Blue Caddy


Just a little purple


Smokin’ Joes


Santa goes from Helicopter to Fire Truck


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