By Debbie Pell
Thursday, November 13, 2003 - 07:00
Local News - Saturday’s Santa Claus parade will be the biggest in the city’s history.
As of Wednesday, parade organizers had 68 entries and the total could rise.
“It’s going to be the biggest parade we’ve ever had,” said Anita Damini, parade committee member. “We were so pleased when we hit 50 (floats) so this is wow by any description.
“We’ve just been blown away by the level of participation and the number of new organizations and companies that are coming out for the first time with parade entries.”
Chairman Brian Blahey said the parade has grown in popularity ever since it moved to an evening time slot from the morning.
“Everyone enjoyed the parade during the day but when we changed it to the evening for the millennium in 2000 nobody wanted to go back (to daytime) after seeing that,” Blahey said.
Floats decked out in dazzling lights lend an air of added intrigue to the procession, he said.
“You can really see the floats because they’re so definitive with the lights and it doesn’t matter if it’s a big or small float you can see the effort put into them.”
Similar to last year, the parade begins at 5:30 p.m.
This year’s edition, however, will feature new entries.
For example, there will be live animals.
Does the STC have an entry in the parade like last year????