A lively parade welcomed Santa Claus to Riverhead this afternoon on Main Street, where fire trucks and tractors decorated with Christmas wreaths and garland ushered the holiday spirit into downtown Riverhead.

The parade, hosted by the Riverhead Lions Club each year, lasted about half an hour and included elected officials, marching bands from Riverhead High School and St. Isidore’s, local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, local fire department and ambulance corps vehicles and plenty of Santa hats.

After a long line of blaring fire engines, ambulances and snow removal trucks from the Riverhead Highway Department, Mr. and Mrs. Claus made their long-awaited appearance in an antique Ford with a Christmas wreath hanging from its grill.

Santa posed for pictures with local girls and boys after the parade, following a ceremony at the town bandstand in the riverfront parking lot.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Katie Blasl and Peter Blasl

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Katie, winner of the 2016 James Murphy Cub Reporter of the Year award from the L.I. Press Club, is a co-publisher of RiverheadLOCAL. A Riverhead native, she is a 2014 graduate of Stony Brook University. Email Katie