Santa paraded through Swinomish


December 29, 2021

In photo, left to right: Hilary Edwards, Alice Charles, Peyton Charles, Savanna Edwards, Melinda Edwards (Grinch) and JJ Wilbur (Santa). – Photo / text Robin Carneen

In 2020, during the Christmas holiday season, Fire District 13 and the Swinomish Police Department drove through the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community with Santa Claus for the first time. This year, however, the SITC community was also asked to participate. Swinomish tribal elder Carneen Allen decorated her van with Christmas presents and snowflakes, with the help of her friend Mike Playter. She said, “it was a wonderful feeling seeing family and friends coming out, waving at Santa and having a good time yelling Merry Christmas to all.”

There were other floats; one carrying the Grinch; a golf...

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