STAFF PHOTO KATHY ANDERSON Santa Claus Fred Parker holds a popular Christmas toy. These are some on the predicted big seller toys this year. Monday, November 18, 2002
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7th Ward Santa: Finally we get the story! Fred Parker tells Wild Wayne how he started out..

Not all heroes wear capes, sometimes they wear big red suits.

The 7th ward Santa seems almost immortal in New Orleans culture. Generation after generation, there he is, still looking the same age while we pass through life. The 7th ward Santa’s name is Fred Parker and he’s been doing this gig for 45 years!

Check him and Wild Wayne out as he explains how it all began!

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