Don’t be surprised if you see fire engines decorated with lights and hear Christmas music blaring in your neighborhood.
The 29th annual Astoria Fire Department Christmas Food Parade gets underway Wednesday evening and will continue through Friday. Santa will be handing out candy canes while the fire department collects nonperishable food items and donations for needy families this Christmas.
The parade starts all three evenings at 6:30 and runs through 8:30 p.m., hitting different parts of Astoria each night.
On Wednesday, fire engines will be on the east side of the city at Emerald Heights, the Alderbrook neighborhood and in Uppertown from 37th to 31st streets, going as far up the hill as Harrison and down to Marine Drive.
On Thursday, the parade will wind through the downtown, North Slope areas. On Friday, the last day of the parade, expect to see fire engines on the west side of town and toward Astoria’s South Slope. Complete route information is available on the city’s website.
Donations can be taken to the fire engines in bags or made visible as the parade winds through the neighborhood. Bags of donations can also be dropped off at the Astoria Fire Department at 555 30th St.