Finch Parade of Lights sends floats past parked cars tonight, Sat., Dec. 12

Santa waves to parade watchers in Finch, Dec. 17, 2016. Courtesy photo by Jackie MacNair

FINCH — Finch Recreation’s Christmas Parade of Lights returns Saturday night, Dec. 12, with a covid-compliant twist: Spectators have to watch the parade from their parked vehicles or their own properties.

“We did receive some very clear guidelines to follow and we ask that community adhere to these requests as advertised,” says Finch Recreation’s Steve Tait, emphasizing that parade-goers must watch the parade from their vehicles or from their own properties along the parade route. “There can be no congregating on the streets in Finch.”

The rules were set with the approval of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

“We have shared the parade route and ask that people park their vehicles along the route, safely spread out to enjoy the parade,” says Tait. “We once again are grateful to the OPP who will offer traffic support at our main intersections. Please be patient, enjoy the parade and don’t forget to support our local businesses this weekend, while you are out.”

A rare opportunity to catch a Christmas parade in motion in 2020, the event nonetheless is happening without a couple of the other traditional features of a normal year: The usual Saturday morning community breakfast on parade day and the post-parade meet-and-greet with Santa are both casualties of the pandemic and won’t take place.

The parade starts to roll out of Moran’s yard south of the village at 7 p.m., with floats assembling a half hour earlier at that location. See the parade route map below.

Below, footage of the 2019 Finch Parade of Lights.
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