WINCHESTER — The weather was mild and dry and the annual spectacle as bright and cheery as ever for the crowds that turned out for the 2018 North Dundas Parade of Lights. (The footage above shows the entire procession, second by second, as it passes by the NVN camera at the intersection of Main and St. Lawrence streets, also capturing the live commentary of Shawn Brownlee.)
At a very busy Sweet Corner Park, the assembled throng enjoyed Beavertails — as well as the fried spuds in the annual Fries for Charity fundraiser for the Winchester Downtown Revitalization Committee. Parade Day included a variety of activities around the village leading up to the 7 p.m. procession.
The annual parade is a highlight event on Winchester’s calendar every year. One of the first Yuletide season parades in Ontario to showcase farm equipment and floats festooned with Christmas lights at night when it debuted 20 years ago — if not the first — the formula has since been replicated by a number of other Eastern Ontario communities. This year’s edition drew saw 55 floats trundle down the streets of Winchester in a nearly one-hour spectacle last Saturday, Dec. 1.
Below, Winchester resident Vince Zandbelt’s footage of the Fries for Charity preparations and the event itself.