NEWTOWN - The spirit of the season broke through the gloominess of the day as this year’s McCaffrey’s Food Markets Newtown Holiday Parade marched through town with a holiday sparkle in its eye.
From the instrumentalists playing holiday tunes to the jolly “Ho! Ho! Ho’s” coming from Santa Claus, even the Grinch, riding aboard the First National Bank float felt the spirit as he waved to the crowd.
Despite the occasional drizzle and overcast and foggy skies, hundreds lined the parade as temperatures reached into the 50s.
From the start of the parade, organized by the Newtown Business Association, to the grand entrance of Santa Claus the march was non-stop holiday magic.
The Greater Kensington String Band, sponsored by Pickering Manor, kicked things off with a spirited strut down State Street. They were followed by Newtown Borough Mayor Charles Swartz, American Legion Post 440, Leck Waste Services and the Spirit In Motion Ballet Company.
Parade highlights included the 1st Crossing Volunteers who fired musket salutes along the route; the Smile Shop of Newtown with its Molar Express; the Council Rock North and Council Rock South Marching Bands; the Quaker City String Band sponsored by Fred Beans; the Uptown String Band sponsored by Holland Floor Company; and the Newtown Fire Association which escorted Santa through town.
Co-chairing this year’s parade for the Newtown Business Association were Marc Blatstein, Kevin Brooks and Tina Leck.
Other Holiday Events
- The Santa House at 16 South State Street will be open Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 8 to 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. with carolers, face painting and special gifts from Santa.
- Midnight Madness takes place on Friday, Dec. 7 from 7 to midnight on State Street with specials, carolers and surprises at participating merchants.
- Many Newtown shops are extending hours during the holiday season. Through Dec. 27, participating stores will be open every Thursday until 7 p.m.
The Newtown Borough Council has lifted its three hour parking limitation on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the holiday season.