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.