This past Thanksgiving Day weekend on Saturday, Nov. 28, the City of Malden put on their 12th Annual Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions. The parade embarked from Salemwood School, and concluded at City Hall Plaza where a ceremony was held. Following the ceremony that night was the annual Christmas tree lighting.
The Parade Committee decided this year that Malden High School’s very own principal, Dana Brown, would be the Grand Marshal in honor of his retirement. Brown can always be seen in attendance at the city’s events, including the parades to support everyone, but especially his students. Mayor Gary Christenson agreed and commented that “there is no one more deserving” of being Grand Marshal than Brown.
This year’s parade featured the Malden Police and Fire Departments, Ward 7 Association, Malden Teen Enrichment Center, The Bostonian, MHS Golden Tornado Band, Ferryway School, Malden Girl Scouts, United States Submarine Veterans, Boy Scout Troop, Linden Steam Academy, Paula Terenzi’s Dance Complex, Department of Recreation, Aleppo Shrine Clowns, Divisions 1, 3, and 4, Malden Pop Warner, Salemwood School, Darcy’s Dance Academy, Tuney Tornado Marching Band, Beebe School, Bike To The Sea, Salvation Army, Malden Chamber of Commerce, Malden Institute of Korean Karate, U.S. Postal Service, and of course, Santa Claus.
Despite the rainy weather, the people of Malden still gathered outside Saturday afternoon in support of local businesses, schools, athletics, activities, and many community members who participated.