QUINCY - Move over Santa Claus. The most valuable player in Sunday’s Christmas parade is likely to go to Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.
Move over Santa Claus. The most valuable player in Sunday’s Christmas parade is likely to go to Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.
The veteran right-hander turned three-time World Series champ - twice with the hometown team - agreed this week to spend the afternoon with his family taking in Quincy’s sights, at about 2 mph from the head of the city’s annual parade.
Schilling, 41, will coast down the 3-mile parade route in a car with his wife, Shonda, and their four children: Gehrig, 12, Gabriella, 10, Grant, 8, and Garrison, 5, according to Ronald Iacobucci.
Iacobucci is CEO of a nonprofit that has partnered with the Red Sox to raise money for a half-size replica of Fenway Park to be built in West Quincy.
Wally the Green Monster, the Red Sox mascot, will also be prancing along the parade route.
Parade chairman George White said this year’s procession, the 55th annual, will include among its crowd pleasers more than a dozen floats, 11 bands, color guards, antique cars and high school beauty queens.
The parade steps off at 12:30 p.m. from Elm, School and Hancock streets and heads down Hancock into North Quincy.
A Dec. 2 rain date has been set, though the forecast headed into the weekend called for sunshine and temperatures in the low 40s.
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