Thousands of residents from Peabody and surrounding communities helped kickoff this year's Relay for Life event today at the Veterans' Memorial High School track and field house.
The annual event is an organized, overnight community walk that raises money to help fight cancer. Participants form teams that camp out around the track, and take turns walking laps over a period of about 24 hours.
This year, Peabody has over 45 teams. Setup for the event started at 12 p.m., and teams will pack up their belongings Saturday around 8:30 a.m.
Peabody's Relay for Life will feature an assortment of events and activities to keep team members occupied.
A special sing-a-long of “Sweet Caroline” will take place, as well as a “Boston Strong” lap and a “Peabody Strong” lap.
Las Vegas entertainer and recording star Joey Voices will make a special appearance at 5:30 p.m. along with ongoing music and entertainment that will take place with DJ’s spinning tunes and live bands performing throughout the stadium.
Live martial arts demonstrations, balloon artists, and the highly-anticipated Miss Relay competition will take place throughout the evening.
In addition to ongoing entertainment, meals and other items will be prepared and sold by Relay teams. New this year will be a dinner featuring meals from Santoros, Polcaris, Toscanas, Supinos and Edible Arrangements. Tickets for the meals cost $7 and can be purchased at the event.
All participants, as well as the public are invited to attend the 6 a.m. breakfast Saturday, and stay to participate in the 8 a.m. “Peabody Strong” lap with the closing ceremony taking place at 8:30 a.m.