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50 Santas Stroll Through Midtown Manhattan In 110th Annual Parade

Sidewalk Santas (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Sidewalk Santas (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – It’s another post-Thanksgiving tradition: a huge serving of ho-ho-ho along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Fifty fully suited, bell-ringing Santas with the Volunteers of America took part in the 110th annual Sidewalk Santa Parade on Friday.

“When tourists and seasoned New Yorkers alike see us parade down the street they are just wildly excited,”said Racheal Weinstein, vice president of development for Volunteers of America. “They want us to stop and pose with their kids and they just can’t believe it.”

WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports

After their jolly old stroll, the Santas were stationed across Manhattan raising donations for a holiday food voucher program for needy residents.

Some of the proceeds will also go towards Sandy relief.

“A significant  portion of the money we raise this year is going to a church on Staten Island that we’ve associated with throughout this whole disaster,” Weinstein said.

The Volunteers of America campaign will continue online after Friday. To donate click here.

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