Ho! Ho! Bris­tol! Santa pa­rades into town

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA - By Elizabeth Fisher

BAd­vance cor­re­spon­dent RISTOL BOR­OUGH - Tam­syn Adams, 8, moved to the mu­sic. Abby Smoyer, 4, liked the candy. uan­der the pit bull seemed to get a kick out of the match­ing black horses and the res­cue Saint Bernard sport­ing a red neck scarf.

What­ever the fa­vorites of th­ese spec­ta­tors, the big­gest hit for all was Santa Claus, who came to town in the midst of Satur­day’s Bris­tol Bor­ough Christ­mas Pa­rade. Santa’s ho, ho, ho mixed it up with aoooogahs from a Bu­gatti, the rockin’ of Garyoke, the drum beat of the Bracken Cadet Alumni Drum and Bu­gle Corps, and the siren wails of dozHnV RI fiUH WUXFNV DnG DPEXODnFHV.

The Delaware sal­ley siet­nam seter­ans par­tic­i­pated, as GLG BULVWRO BRURXJh RI­fiFLDOV 5REyn TUXnHOO DnG 5DOSh DiGuiseppe. Spi­der Man hugged and mugged for the cam­era as lit­tle kids ran out to greet him.

Ron­ald McDon­ald gave a shout out to spec­ta­tors; ditto Sesame Street’s Elmo as he waved from his sil­ver Corvette.

The Harry S Tru­man Tiger Band marched to the beat; the Durn­ing String Band strummed “We Need a Lit­tle Christ­mas.”

All of th­ese were el­e­ments of the pa­rade tra­di­tion­ally held on the Satur­day af­ter Thanks­giv­ing. Thou­sands of spec­ta­tors bun­dled up to brave 39 de­gree chill and 15 mph winds blasts; the lucky ones who lived along the pa­rade route - Far­ragut Av­enue to Pond Street to Mill Street - feasted as they watched, many us­ing the event as an op­por­tu­nity to host fam­ily re­unions hol­i­day par­ties.

“We have the best of both worlds. The Christ­mas pa­rade and a chance to get warm,” said Judy Ahren­son, of Ben­salem, as she munched on a hot dog near the porch of a friend’s home.

Tam­syn, of Rich­boro, said she pre­ferred the mu­sic from WhH vDULRXV EDnGV DnG flRDWV. AEEy hHOG XS D EXFNHW WhDW wDV TXLFNOy fiOOLnJ wLWh FDnGy WRVVHG Ey vDULRXV XnLWV DV they walked or drove by.

“There’s lots of candy here,” said a ju­bi­lant Abby, who was vis­it­ing from Le­vit­town.

As for uan­der, he watched pa­tiently as hu­mans strut­ted their stuff, but just let one of the four-footed go by and the dog would make a cir­cle, tug at his leash, and start a lit­tle dog­gie dance.

“He’s a good boy. He just gets ex­cited when the an­i­mals go by,” said his owner, Michael Capella, a New Jersey res­i­dent whose girl­friend was in the line of march as a car­toon char­ac­ter.

At the end of the pa­rade, some spec­ta­tors seemed to re­al­ize how cold they were and streamed down bor­ough side streets to warm up in cars or nearby homes.

“Hot choco­late would be good now,” said Henry Pace. “Hot choco­late now, then the rush. Christ­mas is coming, for sure.”

Photo by Cary Beavers

Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to the crowds lin­ing the streets in Bris­tol

Grand Mar­shal Judge Frank Per­an­teau cruises the pa­rade route.

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