By Kathleen Blandin
Brockton which is known for having the first department store Santa Claus in 1890 now has another victory to shout about. On Nov 21, Brockton beat the record of having the most people wearing Santa hats at one time in one place, with and unofficial count of over 800. “We took our record back,” said Merian who planned the whole event, a member of the Greater Brockton Holiday Parade Planning committee, told The Brockton Enterprise.
In 2008, The City of Champions had made a world record of having 507 Santa Claus hats worn in one spot at one time. Mulligar, Ireland broke the record shortly after with a record of 700 people wearing the hats.
(Photo Credit: Linda Blandin)
There were 10,000 Santa hats distributed throughout all the public schools prior to Nov. 21 and fliers given out to each student explaining the event. Parents, friends of friends and all that wanted to help in the efforts, could purchase Santa hats at the event that was held on Main Street for $1. All proceeds that the city received during the event went to the Holiday Parade Planning Committee, to help benefit The Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.
“We took our record back,” said Merian who planned the whole event, a member of the Greater Brockton Holiday Parade Planning committee, told The Brockton Enterprise.
Brocktonians all-around came out to show their support, even with their dogs sporting Santa hats for support. “The dog wasn’t counted, but the humans were,” joked Katie Fleischer, daughter of Brockton Elections Commissioner John McGarry, told The Brockton Enterprise.
The Brockton Enterprise quoted Mayor Balzotti, “It’s the City of Champions. I expected no less…I am so proud of all…who came out today to help us break this record…It’s a great day in the city.” If you are interested in learning more about this event please go to The Enterprise’s website, http://www.enterprisenews.com.