Santa Claus is com­ing to Queens County

An­nual pa­rade set for Nov. 26 in Liver­pool, all wel­come to par­tic­i­pate

The Queens County Advance - - COMMUNITY - BY AETHNE HINCH­LIFFE

The eighth an­nual Liver­pool Fire Depart­ment Christ­mas Pa­rade will soon light up the night.

This year’s event is set to take place Nov. 26. The lineup is sched­uled to be­gin at 4:30 p.m., with floats be­ing judged at 5:30 p.m.

“And the pa­rade starts at 6 (p.m.),” said Ter­rena Par­nell, one of the or­ga­niz­ers.

The pa­rade will leave Queens Place Emera Cen­tre and head down Bris­tol Av­enue. Across the bridge, the pa­rade will turn onto Henry Hensey Drive and head to the fire hall.

“It’s a lit­tle bit of a shorter route be­cause it’s cold in the win­ter time,” ex­plained Par­nell.

The Liver­pool Fire Depart­ment Christ­mas Pa­rade doesn’t charge floats an entrance fee, but there is some­thing new hap­pen­ing this year.

“We’re tak­ing do­na­tions, and what we’d like to do is help out a less for­tu­nate fam­ily for Christ­mas this year with the funds that we raise,” said Par­nell.

Par­nell and Diane Warner have been or­ga­niz­ing the pa­rade for three years. The first year they took it over, the two had a pa­rade or­ga­nized in less than a month. The or­ga­ni­za­tion side in­volves writ­ing lots of emails and let­ters to in­vite peo­ple.

“And then on the day in ques­tion, we stand over at Queens Place, her on one end of the park­ing lot and me way over on the other with ra­dios and some fire­men and get it lined up,” said Par­nell. There are presently 25 to 30 floats, and Par­nell said any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing in could regis­ter right up un­til the day of the pa­rade.

Once the pa­rade comes to an end at the fire hall, chil­dren can visit with Santa while hav­ing free hot­dogs and hot choco­late. Par­nell en­cour­ages chil­dren to drop off their Santa let­ters, and she’ll mail them.

A storm date is sched­uled for Nov. 27 at the same times.

AETHNE HINCH­LIFFE/QUEENS AD­VANCE

Ter­rena Par­nell is one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the Liver­pool Fire Depart­ment Christ­mas Pa­rade. The pa­rade is sched­uled to take place Nov. 26 and a storm date is set for Nov. 27.

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