Merrimack celebrates Christmas in festive style
Santa Claus waves to the crowd on Sunday during the annual Merrimack Holiday Parade. (Kimberly Houghton Photo)
The dynamic duo took time out of their busy schedules to participate in the town's annual holiday parade, a festive event that has become an annual tradition for many area families.
About 25 groups and nearly 300 marchers took part in the parade, which traveled south along the Daniel Webster Highway and concluded at Abbie Griffin Park.
With one less week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Valluzzi said people are beginning to feel the pressures of the holiday season. The parade, however, is an ideal opportunity for families to enjoy the festivities without all of the worries or deadlines, said Valluzzi.
"I love seeing all of my family and friends during the parade," said Shorette, adding this is her third year marching in the event.
Neil and Michelle Chapman of Merrimack brought their son and daughter, 6 and 3 respectively, to march in the parade with their youngest child's preschool.
Neil Chapman's son had a special holiday request this year, as he is hoping that a globe will be hiding underneath the tree on Christmas morning.
Any children in preschool through second grade who would like to receive a surprise phone call from Santa at the North Pole may fill out a registration form, which is available at www.merrimacknh.gov. firstname.lastname@example.org
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