Santa makes Wil­liamstown de­but

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

“Oh my heav­ens, ab­so­lutely won­der­ful.” Those are the words of Elsy Sloan, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of Satur­day evening’s Santa Claus Pa­rade in Wil­liamstown, when asked to com­ment on the event’s in­au­gu­ral year.

De­spite the cold weather, she was thrilled with the turnout – both in terms of par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors – which was higher than ex­pected. In fact, there were so many peo­ple that the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee ran out of hot dogs at the St. Mary’s Cen­tre, where Santa Claus was slated to visit the chil­dren at the end of the pa­rade.

“We didn’t have any of the floats reg­is­ter ahead of time so we didn’t know how many there would be,” she said. “But then the floats kept coming.”

In the end, there were 24 floats parading from Char-Lan Dis­trict High School to St. Mary’s Cen­tre. And there were a lot of peo­ple lin­ing the streets, too.

The pa­rade was so suc­cess­ful that com­mit­tee mem­bers are al­ready talk­ing about next year. There were no prizes awarded in this year’s pa­rade; it was just for fun.

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