To no one’s surprise, the annual Christmas parade in Hampden and Medfield has been recognized by the internet as one of the best holiday festivities in the country.
The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade, which just completed its 45th run last weekend, earned enough votes online to win third place in a recent USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice poll. This year’s parade featured the classic mix of marching bands, gaggles of Harley-Davidson riders, floats with TV news celebrities, Mummers and Santa himself. Thousands parked themselves in chairs or stood on sidewalks to watch them move down Falls Road and onto W. 36th Street.
As a bonus, right behind the mayor’s parade in the 2017 poll was Annapolis’ Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade in fourth place. The annual event just completed its 35th rendition on Saturday, with dozens of sailboats and yachts showboating through Maryland’s capital city. The Capital Gazette reports the two inches of snow that fell didn’t keep crowds away; event organizers said wind would have been the only element that could shut it down.
The yacht club’s parade took first in last year’s 10Best Readers’ Choice poll. Hampden and Annapolis ranked only behind the America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit (second) Philly’s centuries-old Mummers Parade for 2017.
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