Santas Ride in SoBo Double-Header

Santa and Ms. Claus rode through Locust Point in style on Saturday, December 18.

For a second pandemic year, Santa and his helpers took to the streets across South Baltimore to spread some holiday joy while residents gathered safely social-distanced outside.

Santa rode a two-horse open sleigh on Friday, December 17, through several neighborhoods, from Southside Marketplace on E. Fort Avenue through Riverside and west as far as S. Charles Street, then north to West Street. He made two circuits through the area in two hours, with the red-flashing light of a Baltimore police car guiding his sleigh. The ride was sponsored by the Riverside Neighborhood Association and Federal Hill South Neighborhood Association.

Also that night over three dozen carolers gathered at the Riverside Park gazebo, organized by the Catholic Community of South Baltimore. They strolled through the neighborhood singing to shut-ins and others along the way.

The following night over in Locust Point, Santa and many of his friends drove street-to-street in a pickup truck caravan from Woodall on the west to Harper on the east. A local fire-twirler led the way for part of the “Locust Point Holiday Parade.” This was the second year for the event, organized by Locust Point resident Shannon Dalzell as a benefit for the Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School PTO. – Steve Cole

(All photos by Mary Braman unless otherwise indicated.)

Santa and his two-horse sleigh riding past the Riverside Park gazebo on Friday, December 17.
Carolers gathered at Riverside Park gazebo.
A fire-twirler leads the way in Locust Point.
A few of Santa’s friends who joined the parade in Locust Point.
Santa getting ready for his ride on Friday, December 17. (Photo by Steve Cole)
Santa and all his friends getting ready for the Locust Point Holiday Parade, organized by Shannon Dalzell (far left).
Waiting for Santa at E. Clement & Hull streets in Locust Point.

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