Santa makes Williamstown debut
“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.