The32nd Annual Holiday Children's Parade stepped off from Kennedy Park shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3rd with 125 groups from local schools and organizations lined up to walk a heart-healthy half-mile parade route on South Main Street from the Park to Government Center. "I'm always amazed at the turnout every year" said Greater Fall River Re-Creation's Executive Director Grace Gerling who, along with Annemarie Holly, organized the event, the largest Holiday Parade in New England. Click here for the Herald News article. Click here to see larger versions of all of the photos. Click here for an 18-minute video of this year's parade, and here for photos of last year's parade. For more information, contact Re-Creation Executive Director Grace Gerling at 508-679-022. 

(Top row) Brandon Nicolelli sells some holiday swag while the organizing team poses for a group photo and Joe Beirola of the Fall River Colonial Navy gets ready to march. (Row two) Fireman Ron Sevigny and his son Aidan pass out candy along with Jarred Mooney as Annemarie Holly and Stephanie Gold lead the start of the Parade. (Row three) As the first float passes by, school children wave to the crowd from their float and low rider cars pass by. (Row four) As six-year-old Jade Calmeira sits on her Uncle Jhovani Frank's shoulders and waves along with an auxiliary police officer, 99-year-old former Miss Senior Sweetheart Winner Yvette Mancini waves to the crowd. Row five) As the American Legion Band and the Grinch pass by, WSAR Radio personalities Councilor Ray Mitchell, Ric Oliveira and Happy Hec Gauthier wave from the back of their float. (Row six) The Hills Mills Clown Band performs as children pick up candy thrown from the floats and the giant clydesdale horses pull a wagon playing music. (Row seven) Men in colonial garb march as a giant inflatable is guided under telephone wires and Tiera Brian passes out candy. (Row eight) The Rehoboth Minute Company marches as two girls from the Immaculate Heart of Mary School wait their turn in front of the giant Kermit the Frog inflatable. (Row nine) After Miss South Coast, Jillian Zucco, passes by, a child watches Santa arrive at the end of the parade. (Bottom row) The Durfee High School Band finishes the parade on South Main Street as the last float reaches Government Center where Santa waves to the crowd. 

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