This year’s parade theme — “Fired Up for the Holidays — salutes recently retired Andover Police Chef Brian Pattullo, who has been chosen as parade marshal. Pattullo served 32 years in the department.
“The Parade Committee is honoring his community service work. The department was frequently recognized for its professionalism, integrity and outstanding service,” the committee says on the parade’s website.
“For his outstanding commitment to the safety of Andover, and his 32 years of protecting our town, we wish Mr. Pattullo best of luck and a very Merry Christmas.”
New this year will be a “rolling” Toys for Tots collection. Through a partnership with the Marines’ Toys for Tots program, Coady’s Towing of Lawrence will be collecting new, unwrapped toys from the crowd as its large tow trucks roll by. Parade watchers can toss a new toy on the tow truck.
“Andover firefighters are honored to be able to continue this holiday celebration, through the generosity of the Andover Firefighters Relief Association and local business donations,” Krafton wrote.
The parade rain date is Sunday, Dec. 8. For more information, visit www.andoversantaparade.com or call 978-475-1281, ext. 4002.