Christmas parade comes to town
It’s that time of year! Hundreds of people (and pets) lined the streets of Wareham Village for the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday afternoon.
Sponsored by the Wareham Village Association, the parade started at Wareham High School before making its way down Main Street to Besse Park.
This year’s parade was the biggest one yet.
Thirty-nine groups joined the festivities this year, said Wareham Village Association President Tracy McGraw, making the 2019 parade the largest Wareham has ever seen. Only seven groups registered as walking units while others made their grand entrance by a vehicle.
“People are coming back, they are making their entry bigger, more fun, with more music,” said McGraw. “I think it was a fabulous parade. I am grateful for how many people attended. Everybody was happy. It was a great time.”
Ever since McGraw took charge of the Christmas Parade six years ago, the event has grown each year. On Saturday, the parade featured Boy and Girl Scouts, the Wareham High School Marching Band, the Wareham Pack Walkers, the Wareham Minutemen and Militia Companies, and other groups.
“It is so much fun, although it is really, really cold,” said Emily Campbell who came to view the show with her husband. “I really like how they dressed up the dogs — they are very cute.”
A line of first responders’ cars with lights flashing and sirens blaring concluded the parade.
Santa arrived with a first-class seat atop a fire truck.
The event was free, and parade-goers could warm up with a cup of hot chocolate in Besse Park after the parade.