Continuing a tradition in its 43rd year, the North End Christmas Parade brought the holiday spirit to the neighborhood with a fun-filled Sunday afternoon of events for children of all ages. First, Santa Claus arrived by helicopter at the North End Park, Puopolo Field. After greeting swarms of kids, the annual Christmas Parade kicked off from Commercial Street, sponsored by the North End Athletic Association in memory of James “Jimmy” Pallotta. The parade featured marching bands, dancers and plenty of Christmas characters as it processed through the streets of the North End. This year, the parade ended at the Prado, Paul Revere Mall, where Mayor Menino’s last Enchanted Trolley Tour held a tree lighting with a performance by Joey Griffith of the Eliot School. Of course, Santa was also on hand to listen to kids’ gift requests in advance of the big day. Buon Natale!