Flur­ries don’t de­ter Car­bon­ear pa­rade

The Compass - - COMMUNITY - PHOTOS AND TEXT BY MARK SQUIBB edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Scat­tered snow flur­ries and cold weather did lit­tle to hin­der the Town of Car­bon­ear’s 66th an­nual Santa Clause pa­rade.

Hun­dreds of par­tic­i­pants, rep­re­sent­ing lo­cal vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments, busi­nesses, dance groups, and clubs, pa­raded down Wa­ter Street and through to Crocker’s Cove.

This year’s floats ranged from big to small and mod­ern to kitschy. The Peanuts gang, Min­ions, mum­mers aplenty and even some four-legged friends all made ap­pear­ances.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus them­selves rounded off the pa­rade, with a lit­tle help from the Car­bon­ear Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, who handed out treat bags.

A new float this year, con­structed and driven by So­nia Wil­liams, hon­oured the mem­ory of Quinn Butt.

“The fam­ily has been strong through­out the whole thing ... to give them a smile, that’s all that mat­ters to me,” said Wil­liams.

Sup­port­ers who walked along­side the float said that they were hop­ing the float would raise aware­ness about do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus them­selves made an ap­pear­ance.

Char­lie Brown and the Peanuts gang made an ap­pear­ance, cour­tesy of Scouts Canada.

Dancers from Dance­worx Stu­dio. In the front row, from left to right, are Sam­mie Snow, Kelsey Par­sons, Hay­ley Power, Kiera Legge.

Min­ions were in on the pa­rade in Car­bon­ear.

So­nia Wil­liam’s float hon­oured the mem­ory of Quinn Butt. Fam­ily and friends of the girl were on hand for the pa­rade.

Pen­ney’s Courier and the Sal­va­tion Army col­lected food bank do­na­tions.

It’s just not Christ­mas with­out the mum­mers.

Plenty of pooches strut­ted their stuff dur­ing this year’s pa­rade.

Thomas the Tank En­gine, cour­tesy of the Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre and Fitz’s Mo­bile Weld­ing.

Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion Ju­nior Miss Re­becca Sellers.

NAPA’s lit­tle re­mote con­trol car was a big at­ten­tion-grab­ber.

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