Har­bour Grace pa­rade big suc­cess

Tree light­ing re­veals big sur­prise with the light­ing of the SS Kyle

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS

The weather was mild for De­cem­ber — lit­tle wind, no snow and above freez­ing tem­per­a­tures. Satur­day, Dec. 7 was a great day for the Har­bour Grace Santa Claus pa­rade.

From cadets to Girl Guides, char­i­ties and princesses, this pa­rade had a lit­tle touch of ev­ery­thing, some­thing ev­ery­one could en­joy. Some 30 en­tries par­tic­i­pated in one of the big­gest pa­rades the town has seen in sev­eral years.

Har­bour Grace Mayor Terry Barnes had his own con­vert­ible. Sit­ting on top of the back seat, he waved ethu­si­as­ti­cally to the crowd of hun­dreds who lined down­town Wa­ter Street, where the pa­rade be­gan.

On Sun­day evening, Dec. 8 the town also hosted its an­nual tree light­ing at the Spirit of Har­bour Grace air­plane near River­head. Al­though the tem­per­a­ture was be­low freez­ing, about a hun­dred res­i­dents at­tended to show com­mu­nity pride and watch the tree and plane get lit up.

The big sur­prise of the evening was the light­ing of Christ­mas lights on the SS Kyle. Some 420 feet of lights were strung ear­lier that morn­ing by Mayor Barnes, Coun. Pat Haire, Herbert Par­sons and Christo­pher Par­sons.

The fol­low­ing are pho­tos of some of the most en­er­getic groups, pop­u­lar floats and ex­cited at­ten­dees from both events.

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