Santa Claus to arrive in Sault, Ontario

Santa Claus to arrive in Sault, Ontario
New safety rules for Bellevilles Santa Parade
Setting off from Ottawa City Hall at 11 a.m., the annual Santa Claus parade will dash west along Laurier Avenue W. before turning south down Bank Street to Lansdowne Park in the Glebe.

Toys will be collected along the parade route to provide gifts to children in need this Christmas. The parade will end at 2 p.m.

This year, the City of Cambridge is organizing the parade with the assistance of volunteers. Wanda Schaefer, supervisor of recreation, arts, culture and events, said the city is looking for an interested service group to take over the event next year, after longtime parade co-ordinator and volunteer, Dave Howell, retired from the role last year.

Additional closures will take place on Laurier Avenue W. between Nicholas and Elgin streets, Elgin Street between Albert and Gloucester streets, and Second Avenue between Bank and Lyon streets.

Vic Bovingdon, chair of the Lions Club Santa Claus Parade in Kitchener, estimates he puts in at least eight hours a day with other volunteers, as they put the finishing touches on the Santa float, create the parade lineup and work out other logistical details.

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She says,”They will see that the floats can travel through there (the school’s parking lot area) a little more efficiently and get people off board (of the floats) in a safe manner. It’s very difficult keeping 2,000 people safe in a parade…we’ve had to take extra precautions this year because we’ve far outgrown Quinte Secondary school.”

The Cambridge parade gets going at 6 p.m. and donations to the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank and letters for Santa will be collected along the route. This years parade will have about 60 entries and 12 marching bands.