Brockton: City holds its annual holiday parade

Santa participating in the 2012 Greater Brockton Holiday Parade

The 26th annual Greater Brockton Holiday Parade was the center piece of many events held this weekend in downtown Brockton. This year’s parade was dedicated to the city’s returning troops and its veterans.

While the parade was the featured event Saturday, visitors were able to enjoy other activities like a picture with Santa, a treasure hunt and a holiday bazaar.

The parade had more than 72 groups or organizations that participated and featured nine marching bands including the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School marching band, Brockton Firefighters Pipes and drums band, the Cosmo Legion Band and the Brockton High School marching band.

The James Edgar Service Award was also awarded posthumously to John Waldron, who died earlier this year. Waldron’s wife Mary and his daughter Casey were presented the award by his teammates from the 1972 Brockton High School football team, the first team to win a Super Bowl. The day’s events concluded with the lighting of the Holiday Tree in City Hall Plaza.

2012 Greater Brockton Holiday Parade Grand Marshal Armond Columbo

Veteran's float in the 2012 Greater Brockton Holiday Parade

Mary and Casey Waldron accepting the James Edgar Service Award from the 1972 Brockton High football team

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About Kevin Tocci

Kevin Tocci is a Brockton area reporter, news anchor and host of Monday Night Talk which airs on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. on 95.9FM WATD.