A pa­rade of Christ­mas tra­di­tions in Vic­to­ria

The Compass - - NEWS - PHO­TOS BYMELISSA JENK­INS

The Town of Vic­to­ria, Con­cep­tion Bay hosted its an­nual Santa Claus pa­rade Dec. 14. Al­though few in num­bers, the par­tic­i­pants had high spir­its as they lined up in the Per­salvic park­ing lot to be­gin the long jour­ney through the town. The tem­per­a­ture was the cold­est it had been this sea­son, but that didn’t stop cadets, fam­i­lies and lo­cal chil­dren from par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pa­rade. Run­ning ve­hi­cles with ob­servers in­side lined Route 70, wait­ing to get a glimpse of the floats. The fol­low­ing are some snap­shots of pa­rade day.

The Par­sons fam­ily of Vic­to­ria de­cided to en­ter the pa­rade dressed in fuzzy cos­tumes. Daugh­ter Dakota (left) dressed like a snow­man, mom Jenny (right) dressed like a chicken, but dad Bill de­cided to forego the cos­tume and drive in­stead. A teddy bear dressed as a baby chick, which com­pleted the fuzzy fam­ily.

The Vic­to­ria Santa Claus pa­rade Dec. 13 brought out some brave par­tic­i­pants who faced the weather on one of the cold­est days of the year. The Clarke fam­ily did just that. Mel (left), Kate (cen­tre) and Jordan brought their float — Mater from the chil­dren’s movie Cars.

Miss Vic­to­ria Fire Queen Jenna Par­sons (right) hitches a ride in the Vic­to­ria Christ­mas pa­rade in style. Driv­ing Jenna in the pa­rade is Reuben Peach (cen­tre) and son Mitchell.

The White and King fam­i­lies from Vic­to­ria en­tered a float for the se­cond year in a row for the pa­rade. Young Maggy White had her own chair on the float, which was named Candy­land. She was sur­rounded by many plas­tic treats, in­clud­ing candy canes and pep­per­mints.

The Vic­to­ria Re­cre­ation com­mit­tee en­tered a ‘Twas the Night Be­fore Christ­mas float this year. Six girls from the town bun­dled up warmly to take part, lis­ten­ing to the read­ing of the book by Edna Meadus as they drove through the town. The girls on the float were, from eft, Sum­mer Par­sons, Leah Mercer, Carly Baker, Dakita Par­sons, Ma­cie Mercer and Ava Baker.

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