Today was the Santa parade in East Hampton. It's a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
When I was young, we attended the parade, which ended at the VFW on the corner of Main and Fithian, and then we went in to the VFW to meet Santa. He gave each child a candy cane if I remember correctly. And then, there were free cartoons offered at the Edwards Movie Theater. It was an exciting day!
Of course, East Hampton was a smaller place back then. We have a photo that dates back to about 1955 which is taken from the steps of the VFW looking out onto the crowd. Fathers and mothers holding small children, all trying to get into the building, made quite a crunch. All the children were dressed in their best clothes, with woolen coats and matching hats. Another era indeed.
By the time I was in high school the Santa greetings and the free movies were already a thing of the past. But the parade, with a new route, remained. Then my own children marched, with their cub scouts, or band. Now, once again we walk up to see the parade, this time with a gaggle of grandchildren on tow, two marching in the parade, and lots of friends to wave at. It was warm and sunny today. I remember others that weren't as enjoyable. But traditions are nice to continue.