‘Parade of Lights’ plans shaping up

Duane Hicks

Plans are coming together for the 54th-annual “Parade of Lights,” which will be held here this Saturday (Nov. 26).
Brenda Kellar of Causeway General Insurance Brokers Ltd., the parade’s sponsor, said everything is shaping up well.
And while she hasn’t been contacted by too many people registering their floats, those who wish to do so have until the parade lineup Saturday to take part.
“We’ve got a few registered, [though] not as many as I had anticipated,” Kellar admitted.
“But with the delay in organizing it this year, with the parade route and whatnot, we were a little delayed getting information out to people,” she noted.
“But just because they’re not registered, say by Friday at 4:30 when we close, just come to lineup and we’ll go from there.”
To pre-register your float, call Kellar at 274-6688, drop by Causeway Insurance (229 Scott St.), or e-mail her at brenda@causewayinsurance.com
The theme for this year’s parade is “A Festival of Trees,” with individuals and groups encouraged to enter floats.
Prizes will be awarded for best church or school group ($75), best non-profit organization ($75), best business ($75), best recreational ($75), and best decorated individual ($25).
Xtra Cash also has sponsored a $50 prize for the best presentation of the theme.
Offering advice to float entrants, Kellar said floats should have lights, be playing festive music, and, in general, demonstrate “lots of Christmas cheer.”
The parade will start on the 800 block of Scott Street, near the Memorial Sports Centre, and proceed west down Scott Street before disbanding at Mowat Avenue.
Kellar said the first float will start off at Plaza Lanes, with every other one lined up behind it.
The parade lineup will start at 3 p.m., with float judging starting at 3:45.
The parade then will get rolling ay 4:30 p.m. sharp.
Kellar said she doesn’t really need any more volunteers to help out with the parade, noting the Muskie boys’ hockey team is manning the barricades at the intersections while the Muskie girls will be escorting Santa and Mrs. Claus, handing out candy.
The Sunset Country Métis Nation of Ontario and the Fort Frances Lakers will be holding a toy drive during the parade.
As well, the local Salvation Army will be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations, so parade-goers are encouraged to be generous.
And Canada Post once again will be collecting children’s letters to Santa.