Santa’s sleigh ride in Carbonear
Reindeer crash before parade causes delay
One of the biggest Christmas parades Carbonear has ever seen took place Sunday afternoon, Dec. 8 on one of the coldest days of the year.
Dance troops — some wearing barely more than spandex and a sweater — shimmied, shook and twirled bravely through the streets, trying to stay warm.
The popular theme for floats this year was the mummers. Several groups dressed in outlandish, oversized and colourful attire, and went jannying in the street. One of the most popular group was, “Sammy Claus’ Mummers,” a play on MHA Sam Slade’s proclamation that he would be coming to the House of Assembly as Sammy Claus.
Cars blocked the sides of the roads in order to get a glimpse of the well-organized parade.
There was only one minor situation that prevented the parade from running without a hitch — Santa’s own reindeer.
The wooden sleigh and reindeer have been a staple in the parade for many years, but this year wind took a toll on the wooden structure.
On the way to Home Hardware on Powell Drive — the parade’s starting point — the winds were rough blowing across Water Street and Beach Road. Witnesses on the route saw the reindeer tip on a 45 degree angle before a huge gust blew them right off the sleigh and onto the ground. The nine reindeer landed on their wooden hooves.
The incident happened quickly. Too quickly for an oncoming truck to stop in time.
Crash. The truck knocked Donner and Blitzen right off the wooden railings. The damage was fixable, but caused the Carbonear parade to begin half an hour late, 1:30 p.m.
Here are some of the highlights from the Carbonear Christmas parade.
The Zumba class from Eden Fitness took first place for dance entries in the Carbonear Christmas parade Dec. 8. Those who participated were, in no particular order, Angela Dove (co-owner), Kristen Swain (co-owner), Rosalie Morrissey, Melissa Bugden, Emily Haire, Samantha Hargraves, Andrea Burke, Daphne Evely, Cheryl McCarthy, Jen Ellsworth, Caitlyn Green, Keona Dove, Nicole Vaters, Kelly Mercer, Siasi Ningiuk, Jackie Sheppard and Krista Follett.
New dance company Dansing Studios submitted its new group for the parade. The large group of dancers of all ages wore their new dance company performance fleeces, and proudly displayed them during the parade.
Carbonear company Butt’s Construction entered a side-by-side in the parade this year, driven by some very popular royals. Duke of Cambridge, (Prince) William (Bev Morgan) and Kate, Dutchess of Cambridge (Diane Butt) were joined by Prince George. Cutout faces of the rest of the royal family were behind the side-by-side.
Sammy Claus’ Mummers were a big hit with the onlookers. Most laughed as they read the side of the float, but also tapped their feet and sang along to the music coming from within.
Danceworx Studios in Carbonear entered their senior dance group in the parade, led by dance instructor Katie O’Leary. The girls were cold at the beginning of the parade, but layered up to stay warm. Those in the group are, front — (l-r) Brittany Harnum, Kerriann Noel, Allison Hiscock, Danielle Thomas, Emily Scott, Paige Hiscock, Lakeisha Rowe and Regan Reynolds; back — Abbigayle Fong, Kaitlyn Neil, Morgan Janes, Haley Jenkins, Kassie Snow, Merissa Thorne, Katie Snow and Mackenzie King.
The Envy Hair Studio had a kitchen party with some mummers. The group even had their own, homemade stove and a Christmas tree. One mummer wore a diaper, another a bra on the outside of his or her outfit and a third a pair of underwear stuffed with excess clothes. Those on the Envy float were, in no particular order, Brandon Slade, Jaydon Slade, Tyler Slade, Josh Evely, Tyson Traverse, Wendy Young and Ada Slade.