Old time Christmas in Old Perlican
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.