Our 2019 parade was, by far, the biggest we have had in many years. We continue to add more entertainment and surrounding communities consistently want to be involved. This year our committee decided our theme should be a salute to veterans and our active service military personnel. People resonated with this theme, as we all should.
Our Grand Marshall’s, Bill & Louise Scanlon, added another level of excitement and pleasure this year. Our local political leaders were active with us once again and Mayor Cahill, as always, received the Grand Marshalls and gave a city wide hello and thank you to Santa Claus as well.
Special thanks to our committee for all of your help and support; Phil Broderick of Minuteman Press Beverly, Lauren Poussard of Lauren Poussard Creative Studios, John Kenney, John and Jaye Cuffe, Jerry Guilubee, Chris Mooney of Sterling Insurance and Real Estate, Steve Crowley, Ray Novack and Kevin Haratunian. I also want to thank our Beverly Police Department for their support and their work to help us make sure this whole parade went smoothly and everyone remained safe. I had the pleasure of working with Sargent Mike Henebury, our traffic officer who really was instrumental in putting all in place, much appreciated.
Also wish to thank our Beverly School Department for allowing us to stage at Beverly High School. Finally another thank you to Tom Smith USMC Ret, our Senior Marine Instructor at Beverly High School for sending us a group of terrific young men and women from our ROTC program to help. Also thank you to Jim Hill from FEMA for providing us with volunteers as well.
For those who would like to be involved we welcome your help, just let us know you are interested. Now onto next years parade.
And the Float Winners of our 2019 Beverly Holiday Parade are….
#1: Cabot Performing Arts, Division 7
#2: Jubilee Yacht Club, Division 5
#3: Beverly Rotary, Division 4
#4: Salem Five, Division 3
#5: Beverly Athletic Club, Division 2
Thank you one and all for all your creativity and time! You make our parade special! You are ALL WINNERS! <3
Bill Scanlon and his wife Louise served as Mayor and First Lady of the City of Beverly for eighteen years starting in 1994. During that time Beverly emerged from a massive financial deficit and was able to raise its bond rating multiple times while upgrading and improving Beverly’s entire public school system and resolving storm driven chronic flooding problems.
The Scanlons live in Centerville in a home they built together in 1988. Louise is a naturalized citizen who grew up in the town Shediac in the province of New Brunswick, Canada. She is fluently bilingual. Bill grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston.
Louise is active in several charitable organizations while Bill works part time as a consultant to troubled businesses and is active in several organizations including the Beverly Rotary Club and Harborlight Community Partners.
They have two grown children and four grandchildren. Bill is a veteran who served as an officer in the Navy’s Civil Engineering Corps. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
On behalf of the parade committee, we want to thank all participants in our 70th annual parade. This year our parade was filled with lots of energy and excitement for all. We did have a couple of new additions and we hope to have even more next year.
With the help of Lauren Poussard of Creative Designs we have a very vibrant web site; beverlyholidayparade.org and a great facebook page. All are asked to let us know, via our site, what you thought of this years program and your thoughts to make it even better in the years to come.
With the help of John Kenney we are fully automated with a registration form on our site that includes up to date contact information. With the help of Kevin Haritunian, we asked Mayor Cahill to present a proclamation to our 2017 Grand Marshall, Charlie Bucci which was very well received. Police Chief LeLacheur along with Sargent Tony DiRuzza, our City’s traffic officer were instrumental in making sure everyone was safe. Transportation Director, Bill Burke made sure the busses were ready to go from the Depot back to the High School. Next year will feature a new banner on Cabot St, thanks to Phil Broderick of Minuteman Press. Steve Crowley made very sure all participants were lined up and ready to go from the High School so as to keep all in good order. Our committee included others who also gave of their time to make this such a success and we thank you for your help. Special thanks also to Bevcam for live streaming and for keeping it on the site for all to see anytime. Andi Freedman has been cohosting this parade for the past several years and, I know you will agree, she does a tremendous job. Don Kelley of Wayside Trailers deserves kudos as he donates the flatbed used to broadcast with Bevcam in front of City Hall.
We also want to thank our Superintendent of Schools for securing our High School as a staging ground.
An extremely big thank you to our sponsors. Without this group this parade would not happen and their support is much appreciated, they include; Beverly Bank, Institution for Savings, Salem Bank, Temkin Financial Group, LLC, WBOQ 104.9, Michaud Mitsubishi and The Beverly Rotary Club.
Our committee will begin discussing our 2018 parade in June of 2018. If you would like to be involved please complete the volunteer form on the website. For others who may not have the time to be involved, if you have suggestions as to how we can make this better and more fun, please be sure to let us know.
Our parade is a beautiful community event and we must strive to make it even better in the years to come.
Follow this link to read the great article in today’s Salem News about our beloved family of Santas, the Bucci Family!