Gloucester's Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting at Kent Circle

Gloucester's Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting at Kent Circle

Joined: August 13th, 2005, 5:30 am

November 17th, 2016, 4:19 pm #1

I'm so not ready for this, but here it is - from Joe Ciolino:

The parade this year is dedicated to Rudy Macchi, a long time volunteer in Gloucester representing Santa for many years. Rudy loved Christmas and visited children throughout the city including the Shriners Hospital in Boston placing Christmas smiles on faces of the young and old. Thank you Rudy for your years of service to the Gloucester Christmas Parade.


The annual Gloucester Christmas Parade, a Gloucester tradition for 35 years, will take place on Sunday, November 27 th at 3:00 PM. Volunteers will start lining up for the parade participants at the State Fish Pier on Parker Street at 2:00 PM and will guide them through downtown Gloucester and on to Kent Circle for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The parade is also the official welcoming of Santa Claus to Gloucester for the Christmas season.


At Kent Circle, children will have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap – a great photo opportunity for parents. Free popcorn and hot chocolate will be served. Santa has predicted a snow shower during the tree lighting ceremony.


As in the past – while folks are at Kent Circle, they are invited to sign holiday cards that will be sent to our troops overseas.  Donations will also be accepted to pay for postage.


If you are interested in participating in the parade with a Christmas float, team of walkers or musical group, contact 978-281- 1227 or weather.vane@verizon.net. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please send it in care of the Gloucester Fund, 153 Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please note on memo line “Santa Claus Parade”.


The parade will feature Letter to Santa pickup by USPS. Children can bring a letter to Santa and have post office personel pick it up during the parade.


Toy for Tots….bring an unwrapped toy to the parade; look for the yellow school bus.


The Docksiders sponsored by the Institution for Savings Bank, The O’Maley School Band sponsored by the Gloucester Rotary Club in memory of Rudy Macchi.


The Boston Fireman’s Band


Grand Marshall this year are the children and grandchildren of Rudy Macchi.


The Roaming Railroad, Mrs. Santa, Santa on a Gloucester Ladder truck and more.


Trophies will be awarded for the best float or organization displays in the parade


Brent Ringo Tarr the elf in charge of the Kent Circle Tree Lighting


Joe Ciolino the elf in charge of the Christmas Parade
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Joined: November 12th, 2007, 7:46 pm

November 17th, 2016, 4:32 pm #2

Great event we always look forward to. Thanks Cathy and everyone else who makes it happen!
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Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

November 17th, 2016, 5:11 pm #3

I think I just saw the tree at Kent Circle. Still resting on its side.
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Joined: March 30th, 2007, 12:27 am

November 17th, 2016, 5:18 pm #4

Gee whiz....where are the political correctness enthusiasts demanding that it be called a Holiday Parade?
You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give..
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Joined: January 5th, 2008, 12:22 am

November 17th, 2016, 7:48 pm #5

I knew Joe Ciolino had a purpose.
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Joined: April 1st, 2011, 11:07 pm

November 18th, 2016, 8:51 am #6

I assume the tree came from Shelburne NS.

Sometimes the Honorable Mayor of Shelburne attends the tree lighting.
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Joined: June 25th, 2007, 6:00 pm

November 18th, 2016, 9:34 am #7

The Shelburne assumption is correct.
I happened upon the tree person at George's :)
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
 George Orwell , 1984
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Joined: January 23rd, 2007, 10:37 pm

November 18th, 2016, 10:14 am #8

William Taylor wrote:
Gee whiz....where are the political correctness enthusiasts demanding that it be called a Holiday Parade?
I was just going to say that someone, somewhere will be outraged at this event.
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Joined: August 13th, 2005, 5:30 am

November 18th, 2016, 10:45 am #9

The crew arrived back in Gloucester with the tree, donated by the residents of Shelburne, NS, late Tuesday afternoon.  The plan is to hoist and set it this afternoon around 2:00 and string the lights tomorrow.

Shelburne DPW crew:


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Joined: April 1st, 2011, 11:07 pm

November 18th, 2016, 3:49 pm #10

Thanks Cathy and ... THANKS TO THE U.S. and CANADIAN CREWZ.

I love it in NS/PEI. That would be a good thread! The owner of Essex River Dogs lives in the attached house and it was built by a PEI guy about 50 years ago. Smaller houses to us seem small but are normal sized to Canadians. Much cheaper to heat too.
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Joined: April 1st, 2011, 11:07 pm

November 21st, 2016, 5:13 pm #11

It's standing in Kent Circle now.

Perfect tree.

Thanks US/NS Tree Crews!
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Joined: February 19th, 2010, 9:12 pm

November 27th, 2016, 6:15 pm #12

I think this was today because I accidentally wound up in the middle of the Santa parade on my way back from a meeting downtown.   Ha ha ha.  It was fun!
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Joined: March 25th, 2011, 10:26 am

November 27th, 2016, 6:19 pm #13

The parade and lighting were this afternoon.
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Joined: February 19th, 2010, 9:12 pm

November 27th, 2016, 6:30 pm #14

Yep...I found the parade!  So cute seeing the families watching it.  
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Joined: April 1st, 2011, 11:07 pm

December 16th, 2016, 8:19 pm #15

The Shelburne gift tree looks great lighted-up and stands perfect.

BRILLIANT IDEA to have the LOBSTER TRAP TREE with access so you can walk inside the tree and see the lights as well!

Looks like winter womderland begins at 3AM and snow ends around noon BUT changes to rain.
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Joined: June 20th, 2007, 11:54 pm

December 16th, 2016, 11:20 pm #16

Standing perfect in what way? I think it has a lean to it.The Lobster Trap Tree is awesome and with the laser lights inside one might think they are "tripping out"!
http://capeannimages.blogspot.com/2016/ ... -tree.html


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Joined: April 1st, 2011, 11:07 pm

December 17th, 2016, 7:35 am #17

The Shelburne Gift Tree is perfectly raked for this weather, Dun.

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Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

November 26th, 2017, 3:50 pm #18

Here Come's Santa.
About to hit the Boulevard on way to Kent Circle!
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Joined: August 13th, 2005, 5:30 am

November 26th, 2017, 9:56 pm #19

23rd tree lighting in the books.

Pretty cool that one of my kids did some live streaming so that the folks in Shelburne, N.S. could watch the lighting live.

https://www.facebook.com/kentcircletreelighting/
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Joined: April 1st, 2011, 11:07 pm

November 26th, 2017, 10:33 pm #20

Excellent videos.

I’m sure going LIVE was yuuuuge for Shelburne NS CA/North America - Maud Lewis country!
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