Tomorrow, as tots around the region squirm in their beds awaiting Santa's arrival, kids of all ages will take a different approach in Lynn.
They'll be outside, socializing for hours on sidewalks and street corners, as they prepare to witness Santa's Christmas Eve Parade.
Pictured: Joshua Robbins (left) and Jaime Conrad with Robbins' boat that will be used in the parade. Next
Unlike other towns' parades that come a week or so before the holiday, Lynn's is bigger, louder, more over-the-top, and more unifying.
Pictured: One of the parade's organizers, Jay Walsh, in his garage on his boat that will be used in the parade. Next
Floats can be as simple as a dressed-up pickup or a boat spiffed up for the occasion, but parade chairman Rich Viger has one rule: nothing dull.
Pictured: Viger (right) and John Walsh Sr. with an old fire engine owned by Walsh that will be used in the parade. Next
The parade has grown organically, not through any organization but as an informal mission of several close-knit, blue-collar families in West Lynn.
Pictured: Jim Conrad with his vintage 1955 truck that will be used in the parade. Next
Each year, the parade pauses in at least one location to shower good will of the season on someone in particular need. Next
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.
Pictured: Jay Walsh demonstrates the snow machine on his boat that will be used in the parade. Back to the beginning
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