Talk of the Times: Santa Parade, treelighting on tap Sunday

Jerome Joseph Frontiero

You’d better watch out, and you’d better not pout ... Santa Claus is coming to town — this Sunday.

The familiar merry man in the red suit will be the star attraction Sunday in Gloucester’s 33rd annual Santa Claus Parade, which not only leads Santa and a number of community groups and floats through the city’s downtown, but also sets the stage for the annual tree-lighting ceremony later Sunday at Grant Circle.

The annual parade — with former Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce director Mike Costello, a parade founder, as grand marshal — will step off at 3 p.m. from the Jodrey State Fish Pier and head up Main Street toward Gloucester’s downtown.

The parade, which will include both musical and marching units, will then follow Main until it reaches Washington Street at Tally’s Corner, then cross onto Western Avenue and Stacy Boulevard, continuing on to Kent Circle.

There, participants will join in the formal lighting of Gloucester’s 2014 holiday tree, a Canadian spruce donated to the city by Gloucester’s sister city of Shelbourne, Nova Scotia, under the arrangements and delivery of Brent “Ringo” Tarr.

Wanted: Aspiring comic

Are you a local standup comic? Do you think you have what it takes to be one?

Comics Sean Lynch (MTV, “Comedy Central”) and Mark Riccadonna (Fox TV’s “Laughs”) are looking for an opening act for their Homecoming Comedy show at Beverly’s Larcom Theater. The winner will receive a paid 10-minute spot at the show on Wednesday, Dec. 3 — and a chance to open for Lynch at the Broadway Comedy Club on Dec. 18 in Times Square in New York City.

Lynch got his break in a similar vein when, 18 years ago, a young producer from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” saw him performing in a tiny bar and offered him a chance to open a large comedy show in New York City.

“I was 22, just graduated from college and had no job. That one show changed my life. It’s how I got my first agent, manager, MTV, Comedy Central, and more,” said Lynch, a Lynn native. “I want to give that same opportunity to someone from home who wants to make it. I feel like I need to put it out there.”

Contestants must be from the North Shore, and all contestants should submit video clip to by Sunday. Clips should be 5 to 7 minutes.

The suggestion is to “keep it clean within reason. Swearing is OK but don’t be gross.” Include name, phone number and the town where you live or college you are attending.

The winner will be announced next week. For information on the show, visit:

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of World War II veteran Jerome Joseph Frontiero.

Born May 22, 1919, he entered the U.S. Navy on Oct. 23, 1942.

The boatswain’s mate first class served with the Amphibian Force on the Tank Landing Ship LST 354 in England.

He was discharged Sept. 28, 1945, and died Dec. 2, 2007.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his wife, Caterina Barbato Frontiero, of Gloucester.

Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran may call the Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.