Santa Claus is coming
Clarenville Santa Claus Parade this weekend
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.