Winter is in the air and Christmas is just around the corner, which means it is time for Greenfield’s annual Christmas parade, set for Saturday, Dec. 3.
Sponsored by the Greenfield Eagles, the event will once again be a lighted affair held in the evening. This year’s theme is Old Town Country Christmas.
Participation in the parade is free, and everyone is welcome, organizers said. Lineup for the parade begins at 4:30 p.m. at Greenfield Research between Edgewood Avenue and Eighth Street. The parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The procession will move east on Jefferson Street to the center of town. There, parade entries will be judged and plaques awarded for first, second, and third, parade chairperson Deidra Garrison said.
After the parade, youngsters are invited to have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the old fire house at the corner of N. Washington and Lafayette streets. According to organizers, there will be treats and cookies and hot chocolate, too.
The Greenfield Eagles has sponsored the parade for many years, and up until a few years ago the parade was held during the day. Since the evening parade began, each year has seen the lighted floats and vehicles — decorated by local churches, organizations, and businesses — illuminate the night as they pass by the crowd gathered along the streets and sidewalks.
Previous years have seen varied weather on the evening of the event – unseasonably warm to rain to last year’s fog. According to weather sources, Saturday will be cloudy with a high in the low 40s. The evening will bring cooler temperatures, but occasional showers should not arrive until later in the night.
Everybody is welcome, Garrison said. “We hope to see everyone come out” on Saturday to enjoy the annual parade.
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