Despite the two degree temperature, a good crowd turned out to watch this year’s Santa parade on Sunday. There was no sunshine but also no rain or snow and little or no wind which meant it was not bad considering the weather in the previous week or two. Depending on who you spoke to and probably depending on their memories, the parade was better or not so good. I counted six bands which is good although I thought there were fewer large floats. However, the major attraction – Santa – was on a lower sleigh. It was probably easier to see him but it somehow was not as impressive as the one where he looked down from on high. But see for yourself in the Video below.
There were only two politicians – both incoming Mayor John Henderson and MP Kim Rudd walked the route. It was good to see children participating as well as lining the route – it is after all primarily a family event. I don’t know what it means but although there were a couple of groups identifying as Christian, I did not notice any nativity scenes. As for other groups – the Gay community was represented but not the immigrant community who featured in the July 1st Parade. Comparing to the Canada Day Parade, the Santa Parade seems to benefit from the date chosen (Nov 18) since several of the bands were from out of Town – the Steel band was from as far away as Brockville.
The parade took about 45 minutes to pass by – the video is about 19 minutes. Be sure to watch in full screen mode.