Bay Roberts hold first-ever night­time pa­rade

RCMP lit Chil­dren’s Wish Christ­mas tree

The Compass - - CHRISTMAS - PHO­TOS AND TEXT BY NICHOLASMERCER/THE COM­PASS

If Bay Roberts was look­ing for an in­di­ca­tion to con­tinue its night­time pa­rade, of­fi­cials need only look at the pa­rade route on Dec. 1. Hun­dreds of the town’s res­i­dents lined both sides of Wa­ter Street in frigid an­tic­i­pa­tion of Bay Roberts’ firstever night­time Celebration of Lights pa­rade as a part of its an­nual Fes­ti­val of Lights. The pa­rade could only be clas­si­fied as a suc­cess as a half-dozen floats were joined by dozens of the town’s res­i­dents in the pro­ces­sion. Dancers from Cather­ine’s Dance Stu­dio and Zumba en­thu­si­asts braved the cold to lend their tal­ents to the pa­rade, while var­i­ous town ve­hi­cles towed floats. In the end, not even the cold could dampen the spir­its of chil­dren as their faces lit up at the ar­rival of the big man, Santa Claus. Not lost in the evening, the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP also lit the Chil­dren’s Wish Christ­mas tree. Choirs from Amal­ga­mated Academy and As­cen­sion Col­le­giate, both in Bay Roberts, as well as the Down­home Accordian Band pro­vided the mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment. Town of­fi­cials from Car­bon­ear and Bay Roberts, along with Port de Grave MHA Glenn Lit­tle­john were on hand to bring greet­ings. Do­na­tions were given to the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion at a to­tal of $2,245.

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