Santa’s sleigh ride in Car­bon­ear

Rein­deer crash be­fore pa­rade causes de­lay

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­

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.

Pho­tos by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

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.

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