There was a good crowd watching Cobourg’s 64th Santa parade on Sunday – lots of families and little ones. Organization seemed to be good despite the Lions withdrawing financial support. They continue to help, notably with Santa’s float and providing volunteers, but in a letter to Council dated October 17, the Lions Club said they are unable “to provide financial support to the 2019 Santa Claus Parade nor to any Santa Claus parade in the foreseeable future”. The weather this year was cold (around freezing) but sunny. The Parade lasted about 40 minutes and featured five bands (see list and video below), a good number of floats with lots of kids, a number of sports teams and dance troupes plus the usual commercial and public entities.
Most of the local politicians participated (although not all) – Councillors even waved at my camera! There were a good number of well-behaved dogs, some well decorated floats, a tractor, the queer collective and few if any Christian Groups. I didn’t notice any Nativity scenes – maybe the Churches are resigned to it being a reminder of the Christmas shopping season and not so much a religious feast.
Santa’s sleigh was (to me) a bit sad looking but the little kids didn’t seem to mind.
Here is a list of the bands participating – always a highlight – in sequence of appearing:
- Cobourg Legion Pipes and Drums
- Skeena Sea Cadets
- Durham Regional Police Pipe Band
- Northumberland New Ventures Band – squeezed onto a trailer
- Concert Band of Cobourg
Watch the video
Lions letter to Council – Dated 17 October 2019 – on Agenda of Regular Council 12 November 2019
Lions not funding 2019 Santa Parade – Post on 12 March 2019