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Christmas Eve parade gets Lynn’s cheery motor running

LYNN – On Christmas Eve, as tots around the region squirm in their beds awaiting Santa’s arrival, kids of all ages will take a different approach in Lynn. They’ll be outside, socializing for hours on sidewalks and street corners, as they prepare to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus in person.

For 26 years, the North Pole couple hasn’t disappointed. They arrive atop a tricked-out 1979 fire engine, festooned in holiday lights and cranking upbeat Christmas tunes, at the tail end of a boisterous, quirky 75-vehicle parade that channels the heart of this diverse, working-class city.

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