Santa Claus Parade|
Sat. Nov. 29
|Santa Claus is coming to town!|
Move to evening event makes Carleton Place Santa Claus parade one of the largest in the Ottawa Valley
This year’s Santa Claus Parade in Carleton Place will be truly a toy story.
The theme of the Saturday, Nov. 29th parade hosted by the Carleton Place BIA is “A Toy Box Christmas,” with toys being front and centre on the float entries.
Once again, this will be an evening parade with participants being encouraged to decorate their floats with lights. In 2004, the decision was made to move the parade from its traditional afternoon time slot to the evening and the response, according to BIA co-ordinator Cathie McOrmond, has been “overwhelming.”
“The parade itself has more than doubled in size since we went to an evening parade, not only by the participants but by the spectators,” McOrmond says. “We draw from areas outside of Carleton Place.”
Considered one of the largest parade in the Ottawa Valley, there were more than 100 floats in 2007 with a similar participation rate expected this year. Prizes are awarded for best walking, best use of theme, best commercial and best overall entries in the parade.
As has been the case in previous years, members of the Carleton Place Civitan Club will be collecting food and cash donations for the Lanark County Food Bank along the parade route.
“We have always collected for the food bank,” says McOrmond. “This year, with the state of the economy and what is happening, the need for the food is greater, the shelves of the food bank need to be filled and people who have never been challenged with putting food on their tables are now being challenged.”
The parade will commence at 5 p.m. at Carambeck Public School. To add some extra warmth to the evening event for participants and parade watchers alike, members of the Bantam B Ambush hockey team will be selling hotdogs and hot chocolate in the staging area.
Further down the parade route, in the Mews parking lot at the entrance to Lansdowne Avenue, hotdogs and hot chocolate will also be available for sale from students at Notre Dame Catholic High School with proceeds going towards the Cuernavaca trip during the March break.
To get people into the Christmas spirit on the day of the parade, that afternoon, an outdoor Nativity Pageant will be presented by Calvary Pentecostal Church on the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers property located at 142 Franktown Rd., beginning at 2 p.m. As well, the second annual “Catch A Star” promotion by the BIA will see local artists partnered with businesses in the downtown to create a unique Christmas shopping experience.
The deadline for parade entries is Nov. 20. To register a float or to obtain more information on the parade, please contact McOrmond at 613-257-8049 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.