December 28 2018,  Saugus

Kids hoping for return of candy at Santa Parade

By Tara Vocino

Santa and Mrs. Claus visited fewer town streets during their Santa Parade that clocked in at two hours shorter than last year’s and with much less candy distribution due to safety concerns on Christmas Eve, leading to mixed reviews from parade-goers.

“Change is good,” Lisa Pasquarello said. “While it is shorter, there are a variety of floats, so that begins a new tradition.”

Her daughter, Aundrea, 5; however, was looking forward to having candy thrown at her by float passengers.

For Emma, 7 1/2, and Lily Follis, 2 1/2, candy was the first thing that they asked for, according to their grandmother, Patti. “They’re disappointed,” their mother, Cindy, said.

Charlene Doucet said children were exuberant when they threw the candy, and she can understand why it could be a safety concern, if it hit someone.

“Coming out is the least we can do to thank the police and fire escorts for working on Christmas Eve and likely on Christmas,” Doucet said, as she waved to them from the sidewalk.