For 46 years, the North End Christmas Parade brings all that is good about the holiday season including a Santa who arrives first class via helicopter. The chilly but sunny weather brought out hundreds to Puopolo Field for Santa’s arrival, followed by the Christmas Parade through the neighborhood streets. Four marching bands played holiday music while costumed characters took pictures with the kids. Of course, it’s not a parade without antique cars and fire trucks. The parade is dedicated in memory of James “Jimmy” Pallotta and sponsored by the North End Athletic Association in association with the Taste of the North End, Donato Frattaroli, Eagle Bank, Gisella di Paola, Nazzaro Center, North End Against Drugs and Mayor’s Office of Tourism and Special Events. Buon Natale! Photos by Matt Conti.