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Christmas Parade Ready for Night Debut

A part of Disney World is coming to Stoughton Saturday.

David "Spanky" Sousa is bringing a version of the Disney Lights Parade to Stoughton Saturday, Dec. 7, for the Christmas Parade of Lights. In the past, it has been a daylight affair.

"I have seen it at Disney World, and other towns do it," said Sousa. "It was something different to do."

The parade will form at Stoughton High School's parking lot at 2 p.m. It is expected to kick off at 4:30 p.m., and then make its way down Pearl Street to the center of the town and then to Halloran Park. Two of the stars of the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus, will be posing for photos at the park. There will also be food vendors, and a free moonwalk.  

Mark Snyder is back as the master of ceremonies.

"This was the best route for safety," said Sousa. "We're going to light up the playground. You'll be able to get food there."

Food items can be dropped off for the Stoughton Food Pantry, and old keys are being collected for the "Keys of Hope," which helps feed the hungry.

With the amount of people taking part in the parade as of earlier in the week, it is estimated the parade will be two to two and one-half hours long.

Saturday's early forecast is for snow in the morning, followed by cold temperatures the rest of the day.

"We can't control the weather," said Sousa. "We'll just have to put an extra pair of socks on."

In case a change in the forecast makes it impossible for the parade to take place, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos from 2 to 4 p.m., at Stoughton High School. After 10 a.m., the number to call for whether the parade is being held is 781-463-0323.

Before the parade is held, Sousa wanted to thank the parade committee, the police, fire and public works departments, and his wife Maria for all they all have done getting things organized.

"Everyone has been great," he said. "Nobody said this was a crazy idea. People have been supportive, and I'm grateful for that."

While the Christmas parade will have its usual feel, it  will also be recognizing the military on Pearl Harbor Day, Boston Marathon first responders and survivors.

"I wasn't in the military, but I have a great deal of respect for them," said Sousa. "We can never thank these people enough. We can't forget what happened (at the Boston Marathon)."

As of Wednesday night, Sousa was still fielding calls from people and organizations who want to be part of the parade.

"We're dotting the 'i's' and crossing the 't's,' said Sousa. "We're just crossing our fingers about the weather."

Tim Corkum December 06, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Spank kicks ass once again. Thanks Spanky for ALL Your hard work over the years :)
Theresa Homsey December 07, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Most awesome parade in Stoughton I've ever seen, my grandkids absolutely loved it!!!!!!!!! They said it was like Disneyworld! Thank you David Sousa for such a great time!!!!!!!!

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