St. Johns Santa parade gets go-ahead

St. John\s Santa parade gets go-ahead
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A four-year-old girl is dead after falling beneath a float Saturday night at a Santa Claus parade in Yarmouth, N.S., police said. 

"A very tragic incident, very traumatic for everyone who was involved with the parade and at the scene," said Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, of the Nova Scotia RCMP. 

WINDSOR, N.S. — A bitter cold wind didn’t deter citizens from lining the streets in downtown Windsor in hopes of catching a glimpse of Santa Claus Nov. 23.

4-year-old girl dies after falling under float at N.S. Santa Claus parade

"My understanding is there were a lot of people nearby when this took place. So our thoughts right now are with this little girl's family, as it's a very difficult time, but also with the community, with people that were there watching the parade."

As the 2018 Santa Parade of Lights weaved its way down to Victoria Park, parade participants doled out candy and offered warm wishes to onlookers.

The incident happened just before 7 p.m. near the intersection of Main Street and Starrs Road in Yarmouth, about an hour after the Yarmouth Christmas Parade of Lights began. 

The event culminated with the official tree lighting outside the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre.

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"She was not on the float. She was running alongside of the moving float when she fell underneath the float," Hutchinson said.

Vance Webb, a retired machinist who lives on the outskirts of Yarmouth, attended Saturday's parade with his wife, stepson and three grandchildren.

The annual parade will depart from the Fort William Building on Factory Lane, head down Plymouth Road to Duckworth Street, then down Prescott Street to Water Street, and then continue along Water until the end of the parade at Springdale Street.

"We were just watching the parade, and then about 30 feet away, I hear — all of a sudden, the float stops, and I kinda see something on the ground," Webb told The Canadian Press in a phone interview.

With the weather expected to be sunny and a couple of degrees shy of the freezing mark, expect about 100 floats and 5,000 participants — capped off by Santa Claus himself — to march downtown to kick off the holiday season.

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"People within 50 feet of it — none of us are OK. All the adults were crying. Everywhere I saw, there were hundreds of people crying," said Webb. "This is really gonna affect the town."

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The girl was treated at the scene immediately by RCMP officers and Emergency Health Services. She was taken to Yarmouth Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Everything gets underway at noon from the Fort William Building on Factory Lane. The parade will then make its way through the downtown.

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"So right now, this entire community is mourning [and] very concerned for the family, the first responders, anybody involved in that. The community is just spending our time comforting each other and making sure everybody is OK."

A live nativity scene, a jailed Grinch, and Star Wars characters covered in Christmas lights were just a few of the festive sights at this year’s parade, which was organized by the City of Charlottetown.

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Hutchinson said he knew there were many people who witnessed the incident and suggested that people may want to reach out for help, including first responders, who will be offered assistance if they ask for it.  

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"If you're struggling with what you witnessed, it's very important to talk about it and seek some help to deal with those emotions," he said.

The event also saw donations accepted for the food bank, while Canada Post workers collected letters for Santa.

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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.

YARMOUTH, N.S. — A four-year-old girl is dead after a tragic accident at a Santa Claus parade in Yarmouth, N.S., police said Saturday, as a witness described a scene of terror that shattered the small port towns holiday celebration.

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.

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The girl, who has not been publicly identified, was running along a passing parade float on one of the towns main thoroughfares when she fell underneath it just before 7 p.m. local time, police said.

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.

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Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, a public information officer with the Nova Scotia RCMP, described the event as "very, very tragic — and also very traumatic for everyone there.

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"My understanding is there was a large group of people there — families — watching the Santa Claus parade when this incident took place," Hutchinson said in an interview Saturday night.

“And he fell off the roof, because I thought he was a burglar. He gives me the card and the whole movie starts. And the kid goes, You just killed Santa. And I said, He shouldnt have been on the roof when he wasnt invited.”

He added that anyone who may have witnessed the incident should talk about it with others and seek support to deal with the trauma.

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Vance Webb, a retired machinist who lives on the outskirts of Yarmouth, attended Saturdays parade with his wife, stepson and three grandchildren.

The parade has a way of turning even the biggest Grinch into the most upbeat George Bailey. Chalk it up to the dancers twirling behind the Polar Express-inspired Galey Farms float, the high school marching bands and their illuminated instruments, and the kids singing along to Run Rudolph Run.

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"We were just watching the parade, and then about 30 feet away, I hear — all of a sudden, the float stops, and I kinda see something on the ground," Webb said in a phone interview.

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"People within 50 feet of it — none of us are OK. All the adults were crying. Everywhere I saw, there were hundreds of people crying," said Webb.

NS RCMP say a 4-year-old girl died after falling under a passing float during the Santa Claus parade in Yarmouth. Police say it happened just before 7 p.m. on Starrs Road. The child passed away shortly after arriving to the hospital. @CTVAtlantic