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20 Photos: Scenes from the 51st annual Mastics-Shirley Christmas parade

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After a year off, the half-century-old Mastics-Shirley Christmas parade marched on Sunday in spectacular fashion.

Starting from the Kohl’s Shopping Center, the parade headed about a mile and a half east, then south on Herkimer St. and ended at the Mastic Fire Department. The event was dedicated to all essential workers, according to the Chamber of Commerce of the Mastics and Shirley’s website.

For several blocks, families set up collapsible chairs, held children on the shoulders and whipped out their phones to preserve and share the magic. They watched with glee as firetrucks and ambulances sirens sung, marching bands played, floats decked out in Charlie Brown decorations drove by and first responders and essential workers marched ahead.

Of course, Santa Claus, the star of any Christmas event, closed out the show. But it was teachers from the William Floyd School District and various groups of dancing children and teenagers who received the loudest applause.

“It’s a great thing for the community and it brought out thousands of people,” Beth Wahl, the president of the chamber’s board of directors, said. “Everybody needed it this year because we didn’t have it last year.”

GreaterMoriches attended the parade and snapped snippets of the spectacle. Scroll through the photos below, and be sure to click on the numbered boxes to see them all.

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