Santa Parade Kicked Off Christmas in East Hampton

Santa may be the man of the hour, but Rudolph leads the team of reindeer. Durell Godfrey Photos

There was beautiful weather for Saturday's Santa Parade in East Hampton, which brought out a big crowd to greet the jolly old elf and kick off Christmas in East Hampton.

Hugh King, the East Hampton Town historian and director of the Home, Sweet Home Museum, was the grand marshal, leading the parade down Main Street and onto Newtown Lane. After the parade Santa sat for photographs with kids at the Eileen Fisher shop on Newtown Lane.

Among those taking part were East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. in the antique Number 5 fire truck, the East Hampton Lions and Kiwanis Clubs, the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, the Ross School, the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, a herd of antique tractors, a fire departments’ worth of fire trucks, DanceHampton, the East Hampton Historical Society, the Springs School Band, the East End Classic Boat Society, and the East Hampton Library.

The East Hampton Chamber of Commerce organizes the parade each year. 

The Springs School band performed.
There was a sea of red hats along the parade route.
This family planned ahead for the parade, with chairs in the truck.
Saydy Soto dressed Noah Rodriguez and Saydy Rodriguez for the occasion.
Before the herd or reindeer towing Santa's sleigh, there was a herd of antique tractors.
Gingerbread cookies marched too.
Hugh King was the grand marshal.
East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. and Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming waved to the crowd.
He may be saying "Let it snow," but the weather outside was delightful.