‘Twas four nights before Christmas in old Mangowood and this 300+ home community put on their annual Santa’s Parade like no other neighborhood could.
For 50 or so years now, families and kids step out on their front yards and await Mr. Clause and his entourage. Stanley Kowlessar was this year’s Santa chauffeur, “When I came here in 1992, I was impressed with this activity and I’ve been involved ever since.” The association drives through the Mangowood streets honking, waving and handing out candy canes. The joy is palpable.
Like most years, the police and fire departments and most of Palmetto Bay’s elected officials help Santa find his way around this close-knit bedroom community.
After an hour of winding through streets, the parade ends at a host house, where neighbors have gathered to share Christmas cookies and meet-and-greet. The kids form a line to meet old St. Nick and sit on his lap which is just plain old neat.
"I'm asking him for an electric Razor scooter so I can ride up and down the neighborhood," said little Attie Crews. She was among dozens who gave Santa their wishes that day. May smiles and good wishes come true for you in 2013, do the Mangovillians pray. And with good things like this in this world, I believe they just may.