Weather Looking Good for St. Johns Christmas Parade

Santa Claus is coming to town tomorrow for the annual Downtown St. John’s Christmas Parade. There’ll be Dasher, Dancer, and all the others, along with a full roster of floats, marching bands, cheerleaders and more.

PAL Airlines and Aerospace Meteorologist, Brian Walsh, says it should be a good day weather-wise for the parade, but encourages everyone to bundle up as the wind chill will be about minus 8.

Stacy Ross and Jeff King of CHEK News will host live coverage of the parade from the lawn of the Empress Hotel starting at 4:52 p.m., broadcast on CHEK television and live-streamed on CHEKs Facebook page. It will be re-broadcast on Christmas Day beginning at 5 p.m. on CHEK. Victoria Buzz will also live stream the parade on its Facebook page with former radio hosts Lisa Marshall and Michael Forbes and Buzzs Nicole Bentham.

The 2018 @DowntownStJohns Christmas Parade on Sunday is still looking really nice (minus the cold). It should be mainly sunny with winds gusting 40-50 km/h combined with temperatures near the freezing mark will give wind chills near -8°C. Bundle up the kids! #nlwx pic.twitter.com/ZrVBUpuv6J

The parade begins at noon from the Fort William Building on Factory Lane, making its way through downtown.

Last years parade brought in about 1,632 kilograms of food and more than $1,000. Donations are collected by volunteers who walk along the parade route or they can be dropped off in bins in Christmas Square. This year, Island Savings Credit Union is providing volunteers to assist the Mustard Seed crew.

Metrobus is offering free shuttles to the parade route from the Confederation Building, and the NL Housing Building off Captain Whelan Drive.

Christmas Square is open from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at Centennial Square and will offer performers including Arf the Dog, Talk to Trees, Viva Youth Choirs, Atomic Vaudeville (just prior to the light up), Belmont Dance, Stages Dance, and Cookeilidh plus lots to eat from food trucks.

Parade-goers are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or donations to support the Community Food Sharing Association.

The Island Farms Santas Light Parade begins at 5 p.m. on Belleville Street at the B.C. legislature and carries along Government Street past the Inner Harbour, through the shopping district and past City Hall and Centennial Square, ending at Chatham Street.

At the North Pole @235Water test firing the engines on Santa's Sonic Sleigh for the big trip to @DowntownStJohns @DTStJohnsParade on Sunday at noon! #lovedowntown pic.twitter.com/KIE0fgPaHv

It was a bitterly cold night for a parade, but such was the sacrifice made on the rare occasions when Santa Claus is in town.

Friday night was the annual Downtown Summerside Santa Claus Parade and plenty of folks braved the blustery and bitterly cold early winter weather to see the big guy himself.

The parade route for the 2018 New Waterford Santa Claus Parade on Sunday is shown. Parade starts at 6 p.m. Parade season continues next weekend in Louisbourg on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. and in Glace Bay (6 p.m.) and Reserve Mines (1 p.m.) on Dec. 1, and then in Dominion on Dec. 2 at 4:15 p.m. North Sydney has the honour of hosting the final Santa Claus parade of 2018 on Dec. 8 beginning at 6 p.m. Holiday activities across the CBRM will also include the Sydney Waterfront District Nutcracker Festival on Dec. 1, from 12-8 p.m. on Charlotte Street. That event will also include the annual Light Up at 6 p.m. There are also Light Ups on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. in Dominion and Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in Marion Bridge.

Parents clutched coffee cups a little tighter, blankets were everywhere and some of the smallest kids where so bundled-up that only a pair of wide eyes could be discerned from between layers.

“It’s a family tradition, every year,” said Malcolm MacDonald, who was with his wife Marsha, daughter Sorraya and son Peter

SYDNEY, N.S. — Parade season across the Cape Breton Regional Municipality continues this weekend with Santa Claus parades in two communities.

Aaron and Stephanie Hogan drove from Tignish to take in the parade with their two young children. It was the first year they’ve done so.

“They’re old enough now, we thought they would enjoy it. She’s almost 4 and she’s super excited,” said Stephanie.

The parade got started around 6:30 p.m. and traveled along Water Street before turning off to end at Credit Union Place.

Downtown Summerside usually declares three overall winners in terms of entrants in the parade. This year’s winners were: 1. Centre Belle Alliance, 2. Standard Aero and 3. Green Diamond.

The jolly old elf stopped on Water Street to got down to greet his rosy-cheeked admirers for a few minutes before hurrying on his way to Credit Union Place.