Santa Claus is com­ing

Clarenville Santa Claus Pa­rade this week­end

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - BY SARAH BURTON

Santa and his friends are re­turn­ing to town this week­end for the 55th An­nual Clarenville Lions Santa Claus Pa­rade.

Fes­tiv­i­ties get un­der­way Satur­day, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m.

The pa­rade will de­part from Cor­mack Drive, and then pro­ceed along Me­mo­rial and Balbo Drive to the end of Shoal Har­bour Cause­way. Par­tic­i­pants are asked to ar­rive at 9 a.m. for line up.

This long-held Christ­mas tra­di­tion con­tin­ues to be led by the Clarenville Lions Club. Lions pres­i­dent Mary Felkar says they have over 30 ap­pli­ca­tions from par­tic­i­pants.

“We usu­ally get more of them in the last week, so we’re an­tic­i­pat­ing 40 or more, and of course we al­ways get a big crowd,” she said. “We do up 1,300 goodie bags for the kids, and there are prizes for six cat­e­gories of floats.”

Those cat­e­gories are: Best Com­mer­cial Float, Best NonCom­mer­cial Float, Best Dec­o­rated Ve­hi­cle (in­clud­ing bikes and ATV’s), Best In­di­vid­ual, Best Fam­ily, and Best Over­all En­try.

Like last year, there will be a ‘sen­sory-friendly’ zone from the Twin Town 50 Plus Club to the end of the route. Emer­gency ve­hi­cles will turn off their lights and sirens in this sec­tion to al­low greater com­fort for those with sen­sory is­sues. Vol­un­teers with the Triple Bay Ea­gles Search and Res­cue will also be per­form­ing traf­fic con­trol on Satur­day. Mo­torists can ex­pect road clo­sures on side streets along the route as the pa­rade pro­gresses.

“Th­ese streets will be closed for only a short while, and we would re­ally like the pub­lic’s co-op­er­a­tion,” says Felkar. “I just want to en­cour­age ev­ery­one

to come out and get in­volved. VOCM will be there, and the RCMP will be lead­ing it off. This is 55 years for the Clarenville Lions Club pa­rade.”


The an­nual Clarenville Lions Santa Clause Pa­rade gets un­der­way on Satur­day at 10 a.m.

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