51st Annual VFW Santa Parade Takes Place This Sunday

The 51st Annual VFW Santa Parade takes place this Sunday, Nov. 22.

The parade begins at 1 p.m., beginning at the Bradford Fire Station, South Main Street, Bradford. It continues along route 125 across the Basiliere Bridge, through Monument Square, and concludes on Kenoza Avenue.

This year’s themes are “Celebrating the 375th Anniversary of the City of Haverhill” and “Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II.” Parking is available along the parade route, including Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 South Main St., and Rogers-Carnevale Funeral Home, 334 Main St.

There are five divisions. The tentative roster includes:

FIRST DIVISION: Dan Plourde Jr. and Jessie Fuentez, organizers

  • 51st Annual VFW Santa Parade Banner “Celebrating the 375th Anniversary of the City of Haverhill”
  • Haverhill High School Jr. R.O.T.C. Color Guard and Unit
  • Lorraine Post 29 VFW Commander
  • VFW State & District 10 Commanders
  • U.S.S. Constitution Color Guard
  • “Thank you WWII Veterans” Banner
  • World War II Veterans Cars-sponsored by Jaffarian Volvo/Toyota
  • U.S. Army National Guard military vehicles
  • Haverhill District Council Veterans
  • Amvets Post 147 Color Guard
  • Greater Haverhill Korean Veterans Association
  • Hannah Dustin Chapter 20 Disabled American Veterans (DAV) & Vehicle
  • U.S. Marine Corps League
  • Essex County Sheriff’s Department Color Guard and Marchers
  • Haverhill Police Department Color Guard & Officers
  • Plaistow New Hampshire Police Department Color Guard
  • City and state Officials
  • Hallamore Clydesdales & Hitch (Wood School)

SECOND DIVISION: Daniel Plourde Sr. and Richard Willett, Organizers

  • STARS Special Olympics Float (AP)
  • Pentucket Marching Bank (Wood School)
  • Methuen High School Marching Band –sponsored by Pentucket Bank (HS)
  • Cedardale Health & Fitness Float (AP)
  • Silver Hill/Horace Mann Charter School Float (AP)
  • Nancy Chippendale Dancers (HS)
  • Greater Media Boston HOT 96.9 Radio Car (WS)
  • Londonderry High School Marching Band-sponsored by Bradford Country Club (HS)
  • King of Grace Church Float (AP)
  • Haverhill Girls Softball League Float (AP)
  • Masons of the 11th Masonic District Marchers (WS)
  • Aleppo Temple Shriners Mobile Unit (HS)
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Marching Band (HS)
  • Kona Ice 4 U Float (WS)

THIRD DIVISION: Andrew Plourde and Gina Cole, Organizers

  • Exchange Club of Haverhill Marchers (WS)
  • Haverhill Community Media (HCTV22) Float (AP)
  • Beverly High School Marching Band (HS)
  • All That Jazz Dance Studio Marchers (WS)
  • VFW Santa Parade Donation Collection Blanket, Costume Characters & Collectors (WS)
  • River 92.5 Car (WS)
  • St. Joseph’s School Float (AP)
  • Reading High School Marching Band (HS)
  • Aleppo Temple Shriners Mobile Unit (HS)
  • Dr. A. B. Consentino School Cheerleaders & Honor Society (WS)
  • Granite United Church Float (AP)
  • Haverhill High School Float (AP)
  • Haverhill High/Middle School Marching Band & Cheerleaders (HS)
  • Career Resources Corporation Float (AP)
  • Smart Pizza Cars (WS)

FOURTH DIVISION: Danielle Plourde & Heather Johns, Organizer

  • MJS Construction Float (AP)
  • Merrimack Valley North Shore Women of the Future Marchers (WS)
  • Whittier Regional Technical High School Float (AP)
  • Milestone Equestrian Centre Horses (WS)
  • Salem High School Marching Band (HS)
  • Bradford Christian Academy Float (AP)
  • Aleppo Temple Shriners Mobile Unit (HS)
  • Betsy A. Conte Food Drive Vehicles (AP)
  • North Shore Pipe Band (HS)
  • Riverside Church Float (AP)
  • J.G. Whittier Cheerleaders Marchers (WS)
  • Salon Riza of North Andover Marchers (WS)
  • Middlesex County Volunteers Fife & Drums (HS)
  • Dance Works Marchers (WS)
  • Ocasio True Martial Arts Marchers (WS)

FIFTH DIVISION: Jessica Plourde & Jamie Scanlan, Organizers

  • Georgetown High School Royal Lancers Marching Band (HS)
  • Aleppo Temple Shriners Mobile Unit (HS)
  • Haverhill YMCA Float (AP)
  • Communities for People Marchers (WS)
  • Asperger Works Marchers (WS)
  • Salvation Army Marchers (WS)
  • Jambalaya Band (HS)
  • C.D. Hunking School Cheerleaders & Trailers with Wagon (WS)
  • Georgetown Groveland Dance Studio Marchers (WS)
  • New Liberty Jazz Band (HS)
  • Tilton Elementary School Float (AP)
  • Golden Hill Elementary School Float (AP)
  • American Cancer Society Float (AP)
  • Sons of Italy Drum & Bugle Corp. (HS)
  • Santa Claus Float-sponsored by Haverhill Bank (HS)
  • Channel 4’s Accuweather Lab

One thought on “51st Annual VFW Santa Parade Takes Place This Sunday

  1. Good thing mayor Taxman leaves work everyday at 3pm to go to Choice Fitness to walk for 10 minutes on the treadmill before going home. I think I’ll set up my chair this year in front of the library. It will be a great laugh when he has to stop to take a break going up that hill.