Old time Christ­mas in Old Per­li­can

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

The tim­ing was per­fect. The rain stopped on Sun­day, Dec. 7, just in time for the Old Per­li­can Christ­mas pa­rade, and it didn’t start up again un­til the pa­rade was over.

Dozens of chil­dren from the lo­cal area hopped aboard floats, marched along in uni­son and waved along the pa­rade route, while oth­ers parked their cars along the side of the road to watch them go by.

In many Christ­mas pa­rades, mod­ern char­ac­ters from popular cartoons and big cor­po­rate floats fill the pa­rade. But in Old Per­li­can, the tra­di­tions of years gone by are still cel­e­brated, in­clud­ing mum­mer­ing and knit­ting a stock­ing.

The Com­pass was on hand for the Old Per­li­can Christ­mas pa­rade, and shares th­ese images.

Glo­ria Maid­ment bun­dled up in a blan­ket and her win­ter clothes, grabbed her knit­ting nee­dles and got aboard her rock­ing chair on a float in the Old Per­li­can Christ­mas pa­rade. Maid­ment was ex­cited to be tak­ing part in the pa­rade. She sat in her chair, while mu­sic came from the truck haul­ing her float. Many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity could re­late to the float, as it was a reg­u­lar, ev­ery day event for a fam­ily ma­tri­arch to sit in a rock­ing chair next to the tree and knit.

ALONG THE ROUTE — Ad­di­son (left) and Ken­zie Rice of Red Head Cove watched the pa­rade with their par­ents Melanie and Mario Rice. The girls were very ex­cited when those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pa­rade started hand­ing out candy canes and other yummy treats. The girls showed off their haul at the end of the pa­rade, although mom and dad had to take most of it once their hands were over­flow­ing with treats. IT’S A KITCHEN PARTY — Mum­mers are usu­ally a favourite, but th­ese two re­ally know how it’s done. Dressed with their un­der­wear out­side of their clothes and cloth cov­er­ing their faces, the duo pre­pared for their kitchen party to go along with the float’s theme. One even had an ac­cor­dion to play for the crowd.

HAV­ING A BALL — Play­ers and vol­un­teers with Old Per­li­can’s first youth soc­cer league en­tered a float in the town’s an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade Dec. 7. Donned in their orange, blue, green, black and red jer­seys and hol­i­day themed hats, the kids en­thu­si­as­ti­cally piled on to the float be­fore the start of the pa­rade for a quick photo. The float’s theme was soc­cer, with wooden soc­cer balls, real soc­cer balls and a net. There was also a Christ­mas tree to keep it fes­tive.

DRESS­ING FOR THE OC­CA­SION — Some of the neigh­bour­hood kids and some adult vol­un­teers en­tered their own float this year in the Old Per­li­can pa­rade that demon­strated a win­ter won­der­land. Many of the char­ac­ters were in­spired by Dis­ney’s Frozen, but oth­ers chose to dress in more tra­di­tional Christ­mas cos­tumes. A few of those on the float were, front (l-r) — Gabriel and Nolan; back — Anna, Sonya, Pat and Allyah.

Ryan Ja­cobs is a mu­si­cal per­former from North­ern Bay. He brought along his danc­ing gui­tar to the Old Per­li­can pa­rade, some­thing he spent a lot of time on. He is hop­ing to take part in more pa­rades and ac­tiv­i­ties in the com­ing days. Ja­cobs is a coun­try per­former who also takes part in a monthly coun­try jam­boree in Car­bon­ear for char­ity.

FES­TIVE VISIT — Tan­ner (front) and Parker (right) Brewer came to Old Per­li­can from Mount Pearl to visit their nanny, Yvonne Brewer, and take part in the pa­rade. The boys had match­ing mon­ster hats that were a big hit with pa­rade watch­ers. The boys were so ex­cited to take part in the pa­rade.

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