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Marching for merriment
December 15, 2022 at 3:12 a.m.
Santa Claus, who also goes by the name Charlie Sacco, waves to the crowd gathered at Lyon Park following the annual Christmas Parade down King Street on Saturday, Dec. 10. With him are members of the Port Chester Fire and Police departments, who toss candy canes to eager children ready to partake in the Santa in the Park event that followed the procession.
Members of the Port Chester High School Marching Band carry the performing troop’s banner as they lead the Christmas Parade down King Street.
Baritone player Juliana Mercado, a senior, performs holiday music with the rest of the Pride of Port Chester during the annual Christmas Parade.
Putnam Avenue resident Estella Vargas (left), 3, is intrigued by the noisy firetrucks that form the tail end of the procession. Her sister Scottie, also 3, isn’t quite as shy and waves as they pass.
Benito Cruz, 3, poses with his 4-year-old sister Luciana for pictures with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The Touraine Avenue residents were ecstatic to see the character in real life.
As bubbles tickle his face, Alexander Cuji giggles and squeezes his eyes shut so the suds won’t get in his eyes. The John F. Kennedy Elementary School first-grader waves his arms frantically in self-defense.
Port Chester High School sophomore Dayana Soto (left) poses with Valentina, 3, and Flavia Aparcana, a King Street Elementary School kindergartener, for pictures with Santa, who goes by Charlie Sacco most of the year.
John F. Kennedy Elementary School second-graders Harper Gonzalez (left) and Dana Mejia pick out toys with their mothers’ help—gifts given to the community children by the Village of Port Chester.
King Street Elementary School students line up in the parking lot of their school, where the parade kicked off, claiming their spot as the first group in the procession.
Senior snare drummer Matthew Vintimilla taps out a beat during a Christmas song the Port Chester High School Marching Band performs. Behind him, junior Trevor Sullivan plays the quads.
Lesly Tenecela, a freshman, accompanies the Pride of Port Chester on the trombone as they play holiday music during the annual Christmas Parade.
Sara Terrones (left), a John F. Kennedy Elementary School third-grader, makes sure kindergartner Angelica Ramirez doesn’t trip as the two hold up the school’s banner.