Walking procession to honour Canada’s 150th
Best Canada-themed float category also added to this year’s spectacle
WINCHESTER — Have you ever wanted to be in the Christmas parade? Well here’s your chance! This year, the planning committee for the North Dundas Parade of Lights is asking for 150 people to walk with us in celebration of Canada’s milestone birthday.
Walkers will be given glow necklaces and bracelets to help them shine in the 21st annual Parade of Lights, which takes place in Winchester on Saturday, Dec. 2. They will be led through the 3-km route by a mini pipe band, part of the Kemptville Legion Pipes & Drums. And to make it easier for walkers to coordinate transportation, Wubs Transit will be providing a free shuttle bus from the back of the Foodland parking lot to the start of the parade at the municipal office before the parade starts.
Those who already enter a float in the parade can also help celebrate Canada’s 150th. For this year only, a Best Canada-themed Float category will be added to our float contest.
Like the rest of the float categories, the winner will receive a basket of local products. The People’s Choice category, which was introduced last year to the float contest, is back again, only this time spectators will be asked to vote for their favourite float on the Parade’s new website (instead of Facebook, which was used last year for the contest). This will make it easier for committee members to track and count votes.
The other categories in the float contest are: Best Business Float, Best Non Profit Float, Most Lights, Best Decorated Farm Equipment, and Best Overall.
Spectators in the downtown core of Winchester will once again be able to enjoy a Beavertail, or some tasty treats from the concession stand run by the Therien Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing Special Events Committee. Proceeds from the concession stand will help send local students to a large martial arts convention in Greece in May, 2018.
As always, we need volunteers to help make parade day run smoothly! If you would like to help out on parade day, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee extends a warm welcome to new members Brianne Scott and Matthew Roy, who join Sandy Burns and Martha Malatesta to help with the planning.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the annual Vendor & Trade Show will be taking place at the Joel Steele Community Centre, upstairs at the arena. Tables are $15 each and are filling up fast, so if you have a product or service you’d like to sell, reserve your table soon. We try not to duplicate direct sales vendors; those businesses are first come, first served. And stay tuned for parade day specials from Winchester’s merchants.
While you’re at the Vendor & Trade Show, why not get your picture taken with Santa?
Margaret Link Photography is once again offering photos with the jolly old elf from 10 am to 4 p.m. Pictures are $12 for a 4×6 print in a folio.
Visit the parade’s new website — designed by Sandy Burns of Sandfire Design and hosted by Storm Internet — to access the sign-up form for walkers, the parade entry form, a downloadable form for vendors, a gallery of pictures from last year’s parade, volunteer information, sponsorship information, and the schedule of events for parade day, as well as a list of registered vendors and floats.
Also contact the parade committee at email@example.com for more information.
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