Santa Claus fever takes ho-ho-hold

Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Kiwanis Club of Fort Frances is inviting all community organizations and businesses to participate in the Santa Claus Parade by registering a festive float that will bring holiday magic to Scott Street.

On Saturday, November 26, the Kiwanis Christmas Parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. beginning at Scott Street at the Fort Frances Library on Reid Avenue, going westbound to end at Scott Street at Central Avenue.

This is the second year that the Kiwanis Club has hosted the event. “We’re looking for community groups, organizations, or clubs to enter floats into the parade,” said Brad Scoyne, a volunteer with the Kiwanis Club.

He explained that a float can also be a group of people marching, or a decorated vehicle driving down the street. There is no theme for the Christmas Parade this year; however, lights and music are encouraged to bring festivity to the night. “Whatever you’re able to put together and wish to add to the parade. The more the merrier,” he said.

For inquiries or to register a parade float, an email can be sent to Scoyne asked that those registering specify which style of float you will be entering, whether that is a walking group, emergency service, oversized vehicle, or standard vehicle. Those who register will be provided with more information on where to park vehicles before the parade begins.

Parade participants wishing to provide handouts or candy are asked not to throw candy from their floats but rather hand them out to individuals on the street side to prevent children from running onto the streets to pick up items.

Attendees who wish to provide donations are welcome to bring an unwrapped toy item or non-perishable food item which will be picked up along the parade route by partnering organizations.

Santa Claus will also be making an appearance at the parade, who has been looked after by the Kiwanis Club. They kindly ask organizations to refrain from dressing up as Jolly Ol’ Saint Nicholas to avoid confusion and too many questions!

“The [Kiwanis] club is always looking for new members and people who want to get involved,” said Scoyne. “They can also reach out as well. The club meets once a month, and it is 98 years old operating in the town of Fort Frances. In a couple of years, we’re planning on a big party there.”

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