Around 50 entries in Santa Claus Parade

Parking along Birch Avenue an issue

There were about 50 entries in this year’s Santa Claus Parade, according to Patti Regan who helps put it together.

She says that the number of entries “is amazing,” adding that she enjoyed the parade.

“I stood with three little children just out front here and they were the ones that were just absolutely enthralled. That’s what it’s all about.”

Both sides of Birch Avenue were completely crowded with young and old alike there to enjoy the show.

Janet Lilly, the primary organizer of the parade says it was fantastic and went really well.

“We heard lots of people thought it was a lot of fun and it was a nice night out. There was a ton of people out and it was just a nice fun evening and we’re getting more and more floats every year. Hopefully, people will continue to build on that.”

Her granddaughter and grand cousin loved the people who were dressed up, she says.

However, the number of vehicles parked along Birch Avenue posed a problem.

“I liked that a lot of the floats are having music now. I think that’s really cool. The only downside, I must say once again, is so many people parked on Birch Avenue during the parade. It’s just a real problem. I can’t believe people won’t move.”

She says she’ll look at different options for next year, such as seeing whether council will let the bylaw officers fine people.

“If you ask them to move they get really quite snarly and it just creates such a havoc for the float drivers. Some of the float drivers were literally kind of weaving around the cars that were parked on Birch Avenue,” she says. “There was numerous amounts of them. Last year it was pretty good. This year I don’t know what happened but there were just all kinds of people.”

Overall, she says the parade was fantastic and a lot of fun. They thank all the volunteers, including those from the South Cariboo Rec Centre, for all the work they put in.

Winning entries

Best Commercial Float – Iron Horse Pub

Best Non-Commercial Float – Canim Lake Band

Best Individual – Denise Little

Best Walking Group – 100 Mile Vision Care

Best School – Strong Start

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