The Astoria Fire Department’s 30th annual Christmas Food Parade will wind through neighborhoods next week.

Fire engines will parade through neighborhoods in the city on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Firefighters and other volunteers will be picking up non-perishable food items and donations for needy families this holiday season. The fire engines will be decorated with lights and playing Christmas music. Santa Claus will also be making an appearance.

In recent years, the food has collected an average of 4,500 pounds of food. The Fire Department’s goal this year is to collect over 5,000 pounds of food.

The parade will start in at Emerald Heights through Alderbrook and Uppertown on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the parade will start at 8th Street and Franklin Avenue and continue through the upper hills of Astoria. On Thursday, the parade will start at Columbia Street and move through the south hills of Astoria.

People who will not be home during the parade can still drop off a bag of non-perishable food items at the Astoria Fire Department at 555 30th Street or call ahead at 503-325-2345 to arrange to drop off food outside of regular business hours. The lobby is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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