Santa arrived in downtown Riverhead in style in December 2018. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Hundreds turned out to watch the Lion’s Club Christmas Parade on Main Street in Riverhead Saturday afternoon. The parade featured floats, the Riverhead High School marching band, dancers, antique cars and tractors and lots of fire trucks.

The sunny and brisk weather made for a perfect afternoon for the annual parade and spectators lined Main Street to take in the sights.

After the parade, many in attendance flocked to the riverfront for the town’s 19th annual holiday bonfire, where they enjoyed music, free hot chocolate, and a chance to visit with Santa in the gingerbread house. Clouds rolled in as night fell, and revelers warming themselves in the heat of the big bonfire were even treated to a brief snow shower.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Denise Civiletti

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Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.