WINCHESTER — The North Dundas Parade of Lights will go ahead this year, but instead of rolling through the streets past hundreds of spectators, the spectators will be rolling past the floats.
The event, being dubbed the North Dundas Display of Lights, will have spectators stay in their vehicles as they enjoy the stationary floats and displays.
It will take place in a large, fenced-in lot at Rideau Auctions during the first weekend of December. Registration and admission will be free.
The volunteer Parade Committee, made up of Sandy Burns, Brianne Scott and Matthew Roy, has been working alongside the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, Rideau Auctions owner Hunter McCaig, the Municipality of North Dundas, and the OPP to ensure the event is safe for participants and spectators alike.
“We’re very grateful to Hunter for generously allowing us to use his property as a location for this event,” Burns said. “We will be encouraging our float participants to get creative with their displays this year, because for the first time, it doesn’t have to be on wheels. They can set up a more elaborate display on the ground, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with.”
Below, the 2019 North Dundas Parade of Lights.
The EOHU has provided strict guidelines concerning the number of people on each float or display, which will be shared with registered float participants. But the committee says not every display needs to be ‘manned’, so long as it’s lit up and makes good use of the space allotted.
More details concerning registration, traffic flow and times for the event will be released in the coming weeks.
The Vendor Show will also take place, although on a smaller scale. EOHU guidelines require space between booths, which will limit the number of vendors allowed to register this year. More details and registration forms will be available at the beginning of October. The vendor show will take place at the Joel Steele Community Centre on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 am to 4 pm. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, organizers say they won’t be able to hold family-friendly events at the Old Town Hall this year.
Follow the North Dundas Parade of Lights on Facebook for more details as they unfold.