After the procession, honorary grand marshal Peter Frates spoke to the crowd as his fiance, Julie Kowalik, stood at his side. Frates, a 28-year-old Beverly resident and former Boston College baseball captain, was diagnosed in March with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Frates wished everyone a Happy New Year and encouraged people to support the cause of finding a cure for ALS.
For the Ricciuti family — parents James and Alexandra and kids Inez, 9, and Nathaniel, 6 — the Beverly’s New Year celebration has become a regular part of their holiday celebration.
“It’s a lot of fun,” James Ricciuti said as Nathaniel danced to the music blaring from speakers in front of the YMCA. “It’s really fun for the kids.”
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