CHRISTMAS PARADE WAS A LOT OF FUN! There may been a couple of minor glitches, but Sunday's Christmas Parade was a resounding success. Hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the parade, which was sponsored by the Stoughton Community Events Committee.
The Christmas Parade featured motorcycles and cruisers from the Norfolk County Sheriff's Office and the , as well as engines and ladder trucks from the . Norfolk County District Attorney Mike Morrissey, Stoughton Police Chief , Stoughton Fire Chief , Town Moderator Howard Hansen, and Selectmen John Stagnone & Cynthia Walsh helped to lead the parade.
Music was provided by New Liberty Jazz Band, 24 South, Hills Mills Comedy Clown Band, Boston Windjammers, Joe Tortelli's Worcester Light & Sound, and Stoughton's Black Knights Marching Band and Color Guard, led by Dan Davey.
Also performing were kids from the Starline Academy, and the Girl Scouts (with dancing led by Joyce Harrison). The Girl Scouts (with troop leader Charlotte Mullen) sold cookies at the Faxon Veterans Memorial Park after the Parade. The Boy Scouts, with troop leader Mark Racicott) also marched in the Parade. Santa gave out goodies to the children near the Charles Large Gazebo.
Other participants in this year's Christmas Parade included Jack Faria and his antique car; School Committee members Deb Sovinee, Allan Mills, and Joyce Husseini; Life Teen at the Immaculate Conception Church; Giovann Salon, L.A. Express Hair Salon, the Hansen and West Elementary Schools; Elite Fitness & Health, and the U.S. Postal Service (which delivered last year's greetings…kidding of course.)
The highlight, as always, was Santa and Mrs. Claus. Music was provided by Jeff Connors of Audio PA Systems. Stoughton Community Events Committee volunters who helped make the parade a success included Parade Chairman Joe Mokrisky, Vice Chairman Bob Desmond, Denis Donoghue, Maria Simas, and Carlene, Dennis and Rachel Ann Walsh. It was my honor to emcee another parade.
Mokrisky was pleased with how things unfolded, but he pleaded for more help.
"We had four people doing all the work for this one. We really need more volunteers if we're going to tackle the heavy load of events this committee is running. I'm hoping people will reach out to Bob Desmond and myself and join the events committee."
The Committee, in addition to the Christmas Parade and , , also does an Easter Egg Hunt, Touch A Truck, Halloween Haunted Hayride, and more.
Check back later for a photo gallery from Sunday's 2011 Christmas Parade.