Kiwanis Club welcoming float entries for Christmas Parade

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer
memara@fortfrances.com

The Kiwanis Club in Fort Frances is welcoming more float entries for the Christmas Parade until Wednesday, Nov. 24.

There are 17 floats registered so far and Diane Maxey, Kiwanis Club member, said there will be no theme for this year’s parade.

You can register by emailing ffkiwanis@gmail.com or by calling Maxey at 807-275-9308.

The parade is set to leave from the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27. The parade will then go along Scott Street, and proceed west to the end of the Scott Street.

Maxey said while they are happy to take over organizing the parade, there is a lot of work to be done.

“It is coming together very nicely,” Maxey said. “We wanted to be vigilant about all the precautions with the health unit. There are expectations for the people that are coming to see the parade, but also we are giving safety instructions to each float entry.”

Maxey said there will be no judging this year, but added they are happy to see the parade coming together after COVID-19 prevented it for two years. Maxey added that there will be no candy given, from the floats or otherwise.

“We don’t want any candy there at all being handed out to the kids,” Maxey said. “We just want to have a parade and be safe.”

There is a lot of work to be done to the Santa Claus sleigh, including new tires and rims, Maxey said.

“It’s a little bit of an expense, but we want to make sure that Santa can get his job done,” Maxey said. “Santa will definitely be making a visit.”

Maxey also said that the Salvation Army and the Muskie Girls hockey team will be on one of the floats in order to receive food donations. Maxey added that everyone will be masked, and asks spectators to consider bringing a non-perishable food item along for donation.

Maxey stressed that health precautions will be enforced, including not having anyone within two metres of the floats.

In keeping with the precautions, Maxey said there will be barricades set up and first responders will be on site to make sure all goes smoothly.

“We know that numbers are rising in some areas for COVID,” Maxey said. “And we just want to totally be safe. We just thought this would be nice for families and kids to be able to have the parade.”