Kiwanis Club taking on Christmas Parade

By Ken Kellar
Staff writer

Following some uncertainty, the Christmas Parade in Fort Frances will ride again.

With longtime organizer Scott making the decision to bow out from organizing the traditional event this year, there was some concern that no volunteers would be found to help keep the parade alive. Organizers have usually already started work on putting the parade together by this point in the year, which meant the pressure was on for any organization willing to step up. Thankfully, for all those who wait out the year for the brightly lit, festive parade, the Fort Frances Kiwanis club has risen to the occasion to make the parade a reality.

“The Fort Frances Kiwanis Club is organizing the Christmas Parade to be held on Saturday, November 27,” said Kiwanis member Diane Maxey.

“The lineup will commence at 5:00 p.m. in the Fort Frances Public Library parking lot.”

Maxey noted the parade’s final route hasn’t been completely finalized yet, but the club is asking any individuals, groups or businesses interested in participating or entering a float to contact Maxey by text or phone at 275-9308.

“I’m hoping people will plan ahead and give me a call early,” Maxey said.
“Everything is a go, we just need the particulars.”

While parades in past years have sometimes had a theme for participants to decorate their floats, Maxey said this year, each float can be decorated however the group or individual sees fit as long as it honours one thing.

“There is no particular theme this year, we just ask that you make Christmas come alive with music and lights,” she explained.

The parade is set to get underway at 5:30 p.m. on November 27, and Maxey said more details, including the final route, will be shared once finalized.