Christ­mas time in Burnt Point-Gull Is­land-North­ern Bay

The Compass - - SPORTS - Pho­tos and text by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.