In 1951 the Andover Board of Trade sponsored the Andover Holiday Decoration Program the precurser to the Christmas Parade.
The Andover Christmas Parade (also known as the Santa Parade)began in 1955 when Fire Chief Henry Hilton and 3 other firefighters: William Downs, Gordon Coutts, and Willard Patterson, decorating the fire house and parading Santa through Andover. It is now organized by the Firefighters Relief Association.
"Andover's Love Affair with Parades Marches on", Andover Townsman, December 19, 2013, page 15.
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