This year, participants also will honor victims and survivors of the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Some will display banners of remembrance or green-and-white balloons to reflect Sandy Hook’s school colors.
The parade has weathered hard times, including one year when four of the core organizers lost their fathers and weren’t in much mood to celebrate. But sharing cheer no matter the circumstances is what the parade is about. And besides, they’re still waiting for the jackpot: snow on Christmas Eve.
“We’ve never had snow; that’s the one thing we’re missing,” Walsh said. “A lot of us have plows. We’d just put the plows on and go.”
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