Hunt named First Night Sandwich's grand marshal

Fun new year's eve event brings the community together for the third year
The theme for this year's First Night Sandwich parade, for which Rep. Randy Hunt will be grand marshal, is "Town of Giants" named for the illuminated sculptures that appear each winter. Here, the giant firefighter at the Sandwich Fire Department. Photo by

This year's First Night Sandwich grand marshal will be State Rep. Randy Hunt. Hunt will serve as both the parade grand marshal and the master of ceremony's for this year's annual winter event.

This is the third year the Upper Cape town will throw their family-friendly, alcohol-free bash on New Year's Eve. "First Night brings together the best of the community's art and cultural groups and is an important unifier for our town," said Rep. Hunt. "It is my honor to play a role in this year's Sandwich First Night festivities."

This year's theme, "Town of Giants", was chosen to honor the work of local artisan Michael Magyar. Magyar's bright and colorful "Giants" adorn the town each year. Up and down Route 6A and through several other areas in town, the "Giants" are a must-see each winter.

First Night Sandwich features indoor and outdoor events, activities and performances for all ages. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. and continue through to the end of the parade at 9 p.m. With Rep. Hunt at the helm, the parade will kick off at 8 p.m. at the Henry T. Wing School on Route 130 and end at the Sandwich Town Hall at 9 p.m. with remarks by Hunt.

The parade is open to all. Costumes and bright lights are encouraged. Volunteers may sign up to march on the First Night Sandwich website here. Parade coordinator Robert Vinciguerra has streamers and gear for use during the parade. Revelers may also purchase light-up instruments, wands and headdresses at Sandwich Community TV on Jan Sebastian Drive before the 31st.

First Night Sandwich buttons are required for all indoor activities. Buttons ($10 adults, $6 kids 3-12) are available online and at Dan'l Webster Inn, Beth's Special Teas, Cafe Chew, Splash, Pilot House, Cape Cod 5, Stop & Shop, Canterbury Liquors, Momo's and the Sandwich Public Library. See a complete schedule of events here. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on