After popular start, Whately Santa parade returns for second year

  • Santa Claus is paraded through the streets of Whately last year. The parade will return Saturday at 4 p.m. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Santa Claus is paraded through the streets of Whately last year. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • The sleigh Santa Claus sat in for the parade last year. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Santa Claus and one of his elves are paraded through the streets of Whately last year. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/19/2019 10:59:53 AM
Modified: 12/19/2019 10:59:43 AM

WHATELY — Santa Claus is coming to town. Again.

Jolly old St. Nick is expected to meander the streets as part of the Whately Police and Firefighters associations’ second annual Holiday Parade on Saturday. The parade will start at the Town Offices at 4 Sandy Lane at 4:30 p.m. and will include emergency vehicles from the Police, Fire and EMS departments, along with Santa on a sleigh.

North Street has been added since last year’s parade. Not every road in Whately will be included.

After leaving the Town Offices, the route includes Grey Oak Lane, Straits Road, Herlihy Field, Christian Lane, Swamp Road, North Street, The Whately Inn, Masterson Road, Webber Road, Westbrook Road and Chestnut Plain Road. The final destination is the Highway Garage at approximately 6:25 p.m.

Whately Police Sgt. Donald Bates said he was driving around town on a Wednesday night last year and decided he wanted to organize a community event. Having grown up in Nashua, New Hampshire, he recalled how his parents would bring him to his aunt’s house for a Santa parade through her town and thought that would be a great fit for Whately.

Bates said he told a friend who is a firefighter about his idea and suggested holding it this year. But it was decided there was no time like the present and they opted to get the gears in motion in 2018. They started planning the event three days before it was held.

Despite being in its first year, Whately Fire Capt. J.P. Kennedy recalls seeing groups of as many as 10 or 20 people gathered in front of houses to watch the parade. He said he probably saw as many adults and senior citizens as he did children, and estimates that roughly 500 people were stationed along the length of the parade route.

“It actually went off very well last year,” he said, adding that information about the parade spread like wildlife through Facebook and word of mouth.

The list of locations and approximate arrival times can be found at bit.ly/38H3LmJ. People are asked to have flashlights or glow sticks on hand so they can be seen as the parade passes by.

 

 




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