Malden’s 14th Annual Parade of Holiday Traditions was held on Saturday, November 25th as spectators lined the route from Maplewood Square, along Salem Street to the reviewing stand in front of the Malden Teen Enrichment Center. School bands, community groups, school floats, dancers, musicians, the Shriners, Santa Claus and more took part in this traditional kickoff to the holiday season. City Councillor Neal Anderson led the parade with his festive Ward 7 Float, skateboarders and Glamorous Divas Baton Twirlers. Mayor Christenson pointed out the Chamber of Commerce’s “Small Business Saturday” initiative and urged all to shop local.
This year’s Parade Grand Marshals were Today’s Collision Owners Kevin Kyes and Bobby Cobb. For the past four years, Today’s Collision has collaborated with the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides Program to donate a refurbished vehicle to a deserving Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Gold Star Member. City Councillor-At-Large Craig Spadafora presented each of them with a plaque commemorating their numerous contributions to the community.
The Malden Teen Enrichment Center was open during the parade and coffee and hot chocolate were provided by Anthony’s of Malden. Each Malden school was invited to participate in the Float Contest and bring its own unique presence to the Parade, either with a float or demonstration adding to this year’s theme of “Malden Schools: The Future Begins Here!” The Grand Marshals also had a very important job to do – judging the School Float Contest! Participating in the contest were the Beebe, Ferryway, Forestdale, Salemwood and Linden Schools.
At 4 PM residents were invited to the lawn of the Malden Public Library for the Christmas Tree Lighting. At the beginning of the ceremony, Grand Marshals Kevin Kyes and Bobby Cobb announced that the winner of this year’s School Float Contest – and $350 for their art department - was the Ferryway School with their unique “Back to the Future” float. Attendees were then treated to music by “The Explosions” of Susie and Nathan’s Music Studio, located in Malden. After the performances, Mayor Christenson asked all to assist him in the countdown to the official lighting of the City Christmas Tree. This year’s tree was donated by Malden residents Richard and Jean Walsh of Forest Street.
Later that night, residents gathered at Historic Fellsmere Pond for a second Christmas Tree Lighting hosted by Councillor-at-Large Craig Spadafora. Senator Ed Markey and his wife Dr. Susan Blumenthal attended the festive event. Santa Claus was on hand and Anthony’s once again provided hot chocolate and delicious cookies. The 24 foot artificial “Giant Everest” tree was purchased by Councillor Spadafora and will be displayed at Fellsmere Pond during the Holiday Season.
Once again, Malden honored its strong past and showcased its future as the community came together to celebrate what truly makes Malden special!
Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson
Photos by City of Malden