Santa’s ‘sleigh’ needs help

Duane Hicks

Plans for the annual “Community Christmas Parade,” set for Nov. 28, are shaping up nicely.
But one key element needs some help: Santa’s sleigh.
“The situation is that Santa’s float is in disrepair,” parade organizer Scott Turvey-Krienke told the Times this morning.
As such, monetary donations are needed quickly—this week if possible, he noted.
Turvey-Krienke estimated it will take about $700 worth of materials to revamp the sleigh float.
Those wishing to help fix Santa’s sleigh—repairs which will help not only this year’s Christmas parade but future ones—can bring donations to Ink Spotz Apparel+ or The Den.
Donations can be cash or a cheque made out to “Fort Frances Community Christmas Parade.”
Meanwhile, more floats are wanted for the parade.
A solid number of participants already have signed up but the door is open for more, said Turvey-Krienke.
He noted 10 floats were confirmed as of this morning, as well as several groups of horses and horse-and-buggies.
“We’ve got a very good showing,” Turvey-Krienke enthused.
Community groups are welcome to get involved, as well, as are volunteers.
“Perhaps a youth group or two would like to do some hot chocolate on a street corner, that type of thing,” said Turvey-Krienke.
This year’s theme is “Old-Fashioned Christmas.”
Those in the parade, as well as those watching it, also are urged to wear their ugliest Christmas sweater and be eligible for prizes.
“The Ugly Sweater Contest is a big ‘go,’” Turvey-Krienke noted.
The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre parking lot and proceed west along Scott Street, ending at From the Grind Up.
Those wanting to enter a float, volunteer, or otherwise help out with the parade should call Turvey-Krienke at 274-0123.