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December 25, 2006

Christmas In New Hampshire

Here’s the surprise video, ten days late. Sorry you can’t see much of downtown portsmouth Lyle, but it was dark out. The Portsmouth Christmas Parade, 2006!

Seen through the eyes of Ron Gallant, Greenland boy since 1974.


  1. You fixing this any time soon? My folks were out here this week and they were talking up how much Portsmouth has changed in the last 10 years. I’m eager to see for myself. It’s only been 4 years sine I was last there but I don’t remember stuff too good.

    Comment by Lyle_S — December 28, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

  2. You can see the Gap, a new edition since you’ve been there, and that’s market square at the end. Ken Hawkins is in the Chuckie mask, waving to the crowd, wasted for sure.

    Comment by jon — December 30, 2006 @ 6:56 pm

  3. is that the “thompa” float with mini thompa’s?

    Comment by sean-0 — December 30, 2006 @ 8:56 pm

  4. Motorbikes Plus, aka Thompa and Staples shop. They’re closed on Mondays, so Hawkins kept calling in saying, “Hey ahhh, gut a yamaha needs some work, aint gettin any spark, like to bring it in IF I COULD.”

    “Sure, when can you get it in here?”

    “Ahhh, how bou Mondee?”

    “We’re closed on Mondays.”


    They figured out pretty quick whenever someone freaks out they’re closed on monday it’s Hawkins calling.

    Comment by jon — December 30, 2006 @ 9:42 pm

  5. Has Portsmouth always had a Christmas parade? Sometimes I’m not sure I ever lived there…

    Additional comments from my daughter: hu9fuuuu8u8ikiii088u8ujuhuh,lmmkmkjnjnnjhyuuhuhjuhyyhyhhgybygjuhuh

    I have to include her in more computer related activities because when I let her use it on her own the other day she ordered a couple hundred dollars of product from Amazon.com and we can’t have that again.

    Comment by Lyle_S — December 31, 2006 @ 11:27 am

  6. Also, I believe the Gap was there before I moved away. Ken was generally riding around unmasked back then, so I guess that has changed. Also, I’m pretty sure it never got dark in Portsmouth when I lived there.

    Comment by Lyle_S — December 31, 2006 @ 11:29 am

  7. A chuckie mask, huh. I thought Hawkins for sure would be in the gorilla suit and Jimmy Z’s. I need to visit NH more often.

    Comment by Jason — December 31, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

  8. For those that didn’t make it to the Pep Rally in 1990 at Portsmouth High School, early that day Ken, Ron and I skipped class and went to the costume store in Bowl-A-Rama plaza. Ken stole a full size gorilla costume. Back at school he put it on and ran out onto the floor during a cheerleader routine.

    Comment by jon — January 2, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

  9. Fricking awesome. I hope the music was what was being blasted from the float. Portsmouth is quickly rising in the ranks of places-i-want-to-go

    Comment by johno — January 4, 2007 @ 12:43 pm

  10. thanks Jon, Kenny and especially Ron. That was fantastic. I think I saw my mom in the background.

    Comment by Ute — January 11, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

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