By Tara Vocino
Route 1’s Auto Zone decorated their float with an inflatable duck, a snowman and a Christmas tree during the Christmas Eve Santa Parade along Taylor Street.
Sisters Daniella, 7, and Ava Quagenti, 5, tell Mrs. Claus what they want for Christmas during the Santa Parade in front of Town Hall on Christmas Eve.
From left to right: Roger Langsmead; Derek Tagliarino; Seren Tagliarino, 2; Michelle Tagliarino; Jenna Langsmead; Charlene Doucet; Chase Robichaud, 6; Brian Robichaud; Robichaud; Cindy Langsmead; and Danielle Robichaud were watching the Santa Parade along Essex, Mount Vernon and Laurel Streets on Christmas Eve.
Members of the Tagliarino family wave to floats driving by during the Christmas Eve parade along Essex Street.
A passenger dressed up as an elf in a Big-T of Saugus box truck waves to the crowd watching the Santa Parade at the intersection of Essex, Mount Vernon, and Laurel Streets on Christmas Eve.
First cousins Steve Rappa, Leanne Hartigan, Dennis Hartigan and Jay Sullivan watch the Santa Parade along Crimson Court on Christmas Eve.
(Advocate photos by Tara Vocino)
Police Officers Billy Cash, Domenic Montano and Matthew Donahue, who were in the route, take a photograph with Santa in front of their cruisers after the Santa Parade on Christmas Eve.
With hot chocolate in hand, grandfather Robert Lord, Grandmother Diane Lord, at right, and Mother Kristen Lord, in center, brought their grandchildren Kyle, Lindsey and Tyler to watch the end of the Santa Parade after a late night visit to Kowloon on Christmas Eve.
First cousins Amanda Sullivan; Michael Hartigan, John Sullivan, Ryan Sullivan, Ella Sullivan, 2, Brendon Sullivan, Harrison Sullivan, 8, Ewan Sullivan, 4, Christian Sullivan, 10, and in bottom center, Alexandra, 9 (who declined to provide her last name), Cordeila Hartigan, 5, and Alanah Sullivan, 5, are all bundled up to watch the Santa Parade along Crimson Court on Christmas Eve.
School Committee Chairman Jeannie Meredith’s niece Ashley Firth, daughter Janelle Pescatore and son-in-law Mike Pescatore, School Committee Member Jeannie Meredith, sporting a (Not) Ugly Christmas Sweater, daughter Paige Hibbard and nieces Riley and Ella Quinlan during the Santa Parade on Christmas Eve.
In front: Aundrea Pasquarello, 5 (on the left) and her cousin Ariana Mogielnicki, 5; in back: Aundrea’s mother, Lisa Pasquarello, and Ariana’s parents, Maria and Kamil Mogielnicki.
Peabody residents and former Saugus residents Cindy, Emma, 7, Lily, 2 1/2, and Bob Follis come out to see their Uncle Patrick’s Agganis Construction front loader float, which was decorated with white lights to resemble snow, at the beginning of the Santa Parade in front of the Central Fire Station.
Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to children as they arrive at Saugus Center during the Santa Parade on Christmas Eve.
From left to right: Chris Barthelmes; Brayden Barthelmes, 2 1/2; Suzanne French; Mary French; Rosemary French, 20; Aaleyan French, 9; Kathleen French; and Nick Myers were “twinning” in snowflake and Christmas Tree pajama bottoms and “Merry Everything, Happy Always” pajama tops along with Christmas lightbulb necklaces, while waiting to meet Santa at the Santa Parade in front of Town Hall on Christmas Eve. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino)
Sisters Sylvia and Zahraa Ahmed get festive – wearing an elf hat and reindeer ears, a Christmas light bulb necklace, a green shirt and red lipstick – while waiting to take a photograph with Santa in front of Town Hall during the Santa Parade on Christmas Eve.
Passing through Saugus Center, a float with a gingerbread house adorned with snowmen and a lit Christmas tree passes by the Saugus Library on Christmas Eve during the Santa Parade.
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.