Santa Claus was inside the South Cariboo Recreation Centre on Friday, Nov. 22., for a meet and greet prior to the Annual Santa Claus Parade in 100 Mile House. Millar Hill photo.

Hundreds gather for annual South Cariboo Santa Claus Parade

‘We really saw a lot of community participation’

The holiday cheer was spread far and wide as local residents hugged alongside Birch Avenue to watch the annual Santa Claus Parade come by.

Parade-goers got the chance to see over 40 festive floats, groups, mascots and more who were there to spark the holiday spirit.

“The parade was fantastic,” said Janet Lilly, the annual event’s organizer. “We really saw a lot of community participation and even had horses in the parade.”

In anticipation of the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus flew into 100 Mile, arriving at the airport shortly after 4 p.m. to a large crowd of children and their families.

Related: Over 40 floats involved in the Christmas Parade

“I couldn’t believe the number of kids that were there,” said Lilly. “It was really good. There was so many people that we could hardly fit into the lobby of the arena.”

This year, the Most Creative Float for non-commercial was awarded to the 100 Mile Nordics. The Most Creative Float awarded for the commercial category was awarded to the 100 Mile Fire and Rescue team.

Other winners were the 100 Mile and District Outriders (Best Effort by a Walking Group), Denise Little (Best Effort by an individual) and Strong Start (Best Effort by a School).

In previous years the parade followed a set line up but this year, Lilly decided not to include a lineup. Lilly noted that the parade seemed to flow a lot smoother this year than previous ones.

“Overall, I think it was a great evening,” said Lilly. “The weather really cooperated this year for the parade.”

Next year, Lilly said she would like to incorporate a marching band in the parade, adding to the holiday spirit.

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