Gloucester’s own ‘Danny Claus’ to lead Holiday Parade

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Nov 26, 2013 - 02:27 PM

Photo: Danny Joyce, best known for hosting the grand illumination each holiday season at his Crany Creek Drive home, has been named as grand marshal of this year’s Gloucester Citizen’s Christmas and Holiday Parade. He is shown with his wife Terri. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Danny Joyce, best known for hosting the grand illumination each holiday season at his Crany Creek Drive home, has been named as grand marshal of this year’s Gloucester Citizen’s Christmas and Holiday Parade. He is shown with his wife Terri. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Gloucester’s own "Danny Claus" has been named as grand marshal of this year’s Citizen’s Christmas and Holiday Parade, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 along Main Street.

Most know Danny Joyce and his family for their Crany Creek Drive holiday lights display. However, Joyce’s community service is what has earned him the honor of taking such a large part in this year’s parade.

Joyce and his family have hosted the miraculous display of lights for about 15 years. They have collected over 85 tons of food during those years.

"We do it because we love to do it," Joyce said. "And if we can help somebody out in the process, then that’s even better."

He emphasized he could not have done it all on his own, and cited his family, especially his son J.J. for hours upon hours of help in setting up the lights display. Danny said volunteers with various community and school organizations have helped over the years, as well.

When the Christmas display started, Joyce said it consisted of about 50,000 lights. By last year, he lit between 500,000-600,000 lights and over 50 inflatables.

After a few years, the church the Joyce family was attending at the time, Petsworth Baptist, was having a difficult time filling its food pantry, so the pastor asked if Joyce would set up a collection bin at the end of his driveway where people stopping to view the lights could make a donation.