Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 15, 2012

Turning the corner on holidays

Feaster Five, Santa Parade only week away


The Feaster Five is a community event that attract a variety of people, from serious runners to families and friends walking together in costume.

It features bands and music along the course, digital clocks posted at each mile, holiday refreshments after the race and, of course, a traditional apple pie for all finishers. The race provides free parking and a printed race program, courtesy of the Eagle-Tribune Publishing Co. Volunteers are needed. Detailed information about how to sign up to help on race day can be found on the volunteer page or by e-mailing Crissy Licciardello at


The Sunday after Thanksgiving, on Nov. 25, people can line Main Street for the 58th annual Andover Firefighters’ Santa Parade, a longstanding town tradition.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. from the Park at the corner of Bartlet and Chestnut streets. The parade will take its usual route down Whittier Street, to Elm Street, to Main Street, ending on Punchard Avenue.

This year’s parade theme is “Snow Place Like Home,” according to the Andover Firefighters’ Santa Parade Committee. Awards will be presented to the individuals or groups who make the most creative floats. Santa makes his appearance at the end of the parade.

People wishing to participate or to help sponsor the parade can visit the official parade website at, or they may call the parade line at 978-475-1281, Ext. 4002.

In case of rain or snow the event will be held Dec. 2.

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