There is nothing quite like hearing sirens blaring and knowing Santa and his friends are nearing your neighborhood. It’s even more special knowing that Santa is making his rounds through our streets, not only to spread joy in our neighborhood; but also, to make the holidays a bit brighter for area children in need.
Santa and his helpers will once again be collecting unwrapped toys, books, bikes and games along the parade route for the Boys & Girls Club of Town ‘n’ Country. Any toys that surpass their needs will supplement other area Boys & Girls Clubs, as well as Metropolitan Ministries.
The parade is organized by Ralph Caputo and Santa’s Elves; however, there are a number of local organizations and families who help underwrite the event’s costs and support the volunteers. This year’s lead sponsor is Taylor Financial, who will also be pulling Santa’s sleigh. WOW magazine is a supporting sponsor. The Westchase Community Development District’s (CDD) board of supervisors also makes the event possible by providing off-duty deputies for parade safety and traffic control. This year’s luncheon, which feeds parade volunteers during the mid-day parade break, is once again being generously hosted by the Metzger Family of Radcliffe. And Alan Shabott and his family have been hard at work building floats. Parade organizers thank them all for their generous support.