The annual North End Christmas Parade was held on Sunday, December 19, 2010, a week later than usual due to bad weather last weekend. This is the 40th year for the parade, sponsored by the North End Athletic Association. Santa made his dramatic entrance from the sky in a helicopter. After touching down on the ball field at Puopolo Park, Santa posed for some photos and launched the parade on Commercial Street and into the streets of the North End. Joining Santa was Rudolph, the elves, Disney characters and the Bruins’ Blades, handing out candy and balloons. Joining the parade was the Aleppo Shriners Clowns, The Boston Firemen’s Band, The Wilmington High School Band, Tony Barrie Italian Band, Saint Alfios Band of Lawrence, the Roberto Clemente Twirlers and the Massachusetts National Guard Marching Unit. Also on hand were State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and City Councilor Sal LaMattina. This year’s 40th Celebration is in memory of James Pallotta.
View more from the photo gallery. (Photos by Matt Conti.)