Hampton NH 2011 Christmas Parade

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Hampton NH 2011 Christmas Parade

On Saturday December 3rd, the town of Hampton NH held another fantastic Christmas Parade, themed, "Hampton...One Beautiful Town." Most feel this was the best parade ever in Hampton history, and with good reason.

An annual event for over ten years, Hampton suspended theHampton Christmas Parade 2010 parade in 2007. Three years later Hampton revived the tradition in 2010 with even more colorful floats and marchers than ever. Last years parade lasted about 1 1/2 hours, beginning south of the railroad bridge on Route 1 and ending at Center School on Winnacunnet Road, a distance of about two miles.

Hampton NH 2011 Christmas ParadeThis years parade route was the same, but the entire show lasted almost 3 hours. Many fire companies, from as far away as Durham, were represented, along with law enforcement, marching bands, antique autos, floats and Winnacunnet High School athletes. The crowd thronging the sidewalks was estimated to be over 10,000 people.

Hampton NH 2011 Christmas ParadeHampton NH 2011 Christmas Parade

What set this Hampton Christmas Parade apart from previousHampton NH 2011 Christmas Parade years was the inclusion of probably the single most important professional sports trophy in history...The Stanley Cup...accompanied by former members of the 2011 NHL Champion Boston Bruins, Terry O'Reilly and Rick Middleton.

Efforts to bring the Stanley Cup to Hampton started long ago through the support of local business and the Hampton Chamber of Commerce, but I would especially like to highlight the efforts of the owners of The 401 Tavern, Desi Lanio and Mark LaRoche, who hosted the final stop of Stanley Cup in Hampton at the 401.

Desi & Paula Lanio

A good time was had by all the patrons with many opportunities to be photographed beside this historical trophy before it was returned to its permanent residence by Hockey Hall of Fame VP, Phil Pritchard.

Our office is located directly across the street from The 401 Tavern, and as usual, we took the opportunity to set up tables on the sidewalk, providing hot coffee and cider, cookies, brownies and other treats for the nearby crowd. Can't wait to see what next years parade will bring!
Hampton NH 2011 Christmas Parade

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Comments (16)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

John, looks like a great itme, and with good weather always helps!

Dec 07, 2011 07:43 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Joan - It was a remarkably good parade! The weather has been unseasonably warm in the last two weeks and that surely helped bring out the crowd. Last year was pretty cold and we handed out a lot more coffee...probably more for hand warming purposes than my coffee brewing expertise. The warm weather has confused some of our plants. We have scattered forsythia around that has blossomed a bit. One is in my front yard!

Dec 07, 2011 08:12 AM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi John, did I read that correctly that you said it was three hours long! Now THAT is some parade!!! Wonderful pictures...looks cool but sunny. Perfect day for some hot cocoa and a parade.

Dec 07, 2011 03:55 PM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Cindy - It was a perfect day to be outside. Just cool enough to make you appreciate hot cider or coffee!

Dec 07, 2011 11:05 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi John,

This town boasts a lot of pride. I can't believe there were ovr 10,000 people! A parade is such a great American tradition. I just love when the people come together to make an event like this a huge success. There's a lot of planning, it takes a lot of patience, volunteerism is huge and it's worth all the time and money that is involved. It's an event for people of ALL ages.

NH is a WONDERFUL place to live!!!


Dec 14, 2011 07:55 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Patricia - Thanks for stopping by! Everyone had a great time at this parade, in part due to the unseasonably warm, but beautiful weather. It really is a huge effort by the Chamber and local business. Hampton Christmas Parade 2010This lobster is my friend Jill Essigman. Too much fun! NH is a great place to live!

Dec 14, 2011 08:34 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Looks like you all had a very special time at the Hampton, NH Christmas Parade, John.

Dec 15, 2011 12:35 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Toni - We certainly did! Its one more activity that brings us together as an office. I work with the greatest bunch of people! Hope all is well!

Dec 15, 2011 12:41 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I wish I had been paying better attention...had no idea the Stanley Cup was going to be included.  The parade sounds awesome!

Dec 15, 2011 05:00 AM
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

John, no snow for your parade?  That is terrific.  And, I see you have "the Patch", too.   We love having it in our community, too.

Dec 15, 2011 08:53 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Sharon - The parade was the best! When the Stanley Cup made its final stop in Hampton at the 401, the opportunity was there for most people to get as close to the cup as they would in their lifetimes! Very exciting to see it in Hampton! Hope all is well for your family in this Holiday Season!

Hi Ron - YESSSS! We beat the snow again for this parade. Patch is a great site for localism. I am approved to post blogs on our 3 local Patch site - Hampton-North Hampton, Exeter and Portsmouth Patch. For a REALTOR, I think this is the best way to stay in front of your neighbors and they let me keep my marketing stuff at the end of my posts. I keep a counter on my website and am always surprised how many visits I get from the Patch sites. Wish you all the joys of the Holiday Season!


Dec 16, 2011 01:08 AM
EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat
Russel Ray Photos - San Diego, CA

Dear Santa:

I know you have a lot on your mind today, but when you finish delivering all those goodies, stop back by John's place and he'll help you find that summer home you've been looking for.

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2011 09:26 AM
Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group
Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates - Amherst, NH
Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate

Warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Successful 2012.

Dec 25, 2011 02:07 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Eric - That was one of the nicest comments I have EVER received! Thank you. Sure hope the Holiday Season brings peace and joy to your home!

Hi Rene - Merry Christmas right back atcha! Let's both hope for a prosperous New Year! Good to see you!

Dec 25, 2011 05:08 AM
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

The Hampton Christmas Parade looks like such fun, John - thanks so much for sharing the pictures, we really feel like we were a part of it!   Uh, no "thanks" however, on showcasing the Stanley Cup...us Canucks fans are still in mourning... :-)

Dec 26, 2011 06:31 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Karen - Thanks for stopping by! This parade was too much fun and, we were lucky with the weather! As far as the Canucks and the Stanley Cup, I feel your pain... :-)  There's always next year. Anyway, wishing you a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Dec 26, 2011 07:20 AM