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.)