Christmas time in Burnt Point-Gull Island-Northern Bay
It may have been below freezing temperatures on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 8, but that didn’t stop a dozen floats from taking part in the Burnt Point-Gull Island-Northern Bay Christmas parade. The groups lined up along the main road in Burnt Point to begin. The parade had participants from Western Bay, Small Point-Adam’s Cove-Blackhead-Broad Cove and firefighters from communities all over the North Shore. Here are some of the floats and participants from the parade.
The North Shore fire department led the parade, which consisted of a dozen entries from families, organizations and emergency response vehicles. Most of its members dressed in their bunker suits and helmets and drove the department vehicles through the communities. Santa also took a moment to stand with the department.
The O’Reilly family from Western Bay created a float this year to bring awareness to something close to them. Jennifer O’Reilly (left) and her two children, John (centre) and Kimberley, rode in the back of the family Arctic Cat trailer with “Autism Awareness painted on both sides. John, who is four, has autism. Older sister Kimberley, who is seven and attends Cabot Academy, rode along in support of her brother.
Small Point-Adam’s Cove-Blackhead-Broad Cove Mayor Ern Gosney (second from left), his wife Donna (left), their dog Abby and neighbourhood kids, Riley Coates (centre), Brooklyn Kennel (second from right) and Tyra White bundled up really well to participate in the Burnt Point community Christmas parade. The theme was a town initative, recycle today, save tomorrow. The Christmas tree in the back of the town truck was decorated with pop cans, but they would be recycled after the parades are finished for the season.
A group of children from nearby Cabot Academy faced the bitter cold to sit on their float, which resembled a nativity scene complete with shepherds, wisemen, Mary and Joseph, all wrapped in robes and towels. There was also a manger where they laid a doll to represent baby Jesus. Those on the float were, from left, Hailey Mercer, Kendra Walsh, Hailey Kennedy, Joanne Doyle (Miss Joanne), Georgia Slade and Jessica Delaney.
Young Mya Cole stands by her family float for the Burnt Point parade. The theme was Duck Dynasty, a very popular theme for parades in the region this year, but the only one for this parade. Waiting in the warm truck is little brother Noah, mom Leona and dad Jeffrey.