14 Nostalgic Photos Of Boston’s North End Christmas Parade

The North End Christmas Parade in Boston had been going on for almost half a century. It’s a holiday tradition that spreads a lot of joy, not least because Santa arrives by helicopter! This year, the parade was in jeopardy. Thankfully, the community pulled together an event uniting the annual toy drive with a shortened parade. And, yes, Santa still came by chopper.

If this Christmastime celebration makes you nostalgic, you’ll want to check out these 14 vintage photos of the festivities. Snapped during the 1974 North End Christmas Parade, they show that although fashions and car styles change over time, neighborhood spirit has always been alive and well in the North End.

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If you love vintage photos of Boston as much as we do, feast your eyes on our article: 10 Then And Now Photos In Boston That Show Just How Much It Has Changed.