Children across town are excitedly making their Christmas wish lists and checking them twice because Santa Claus is coming to town tomorrow for Oakville’s 63rd annual Santa Claus Parade! The streets of Downtown and Kerr Village will be filled with holiday cheer as Oakville celebrates this year’s Parade theme “All I Want for Christmas.”
The Parade is a special treat for many parents and grandparents who take kids, bundled up, to perch along the streets of downtown and Kerr Village and await the arrival of St. Nick. They not only soak in some Christmas magic, but relive when they were there themselves — as eager children, believers in the jolly old elf and his world of wonders, wide-eyed and laden with their own wide wish list.
Tomorrow’s event gets underway at 9 a.m. with a Christmas tree formation fly-by of Santa’s airplanes over downtown Oakville and Kerr Street. The Parade will delight the young and young-at- heart alike as it and meanders its way along Lakeshore Road, then north on Kerr Street with lively bands and beautiful floats depicting the Christmas wishes of float creators. As always, there will be local high schools, whose students cheerfully compete for the title of best school float. Mrs. Claus hosts the winner of the annual Parade kids’ colouring contest as she, as Grand Marshal of the parade, kicks off the fun. Local businesses, agencies, government, services and groups sponsor amazing floats and performers bring the Parade to life. Volunteers by the dozen help make it all happen.
No doubt the fortunate people in Oakville, who find themselves with their family curbside for the celebration, will take their lead from three local groups to assist their less fortunate neighbours this season, another wonderful holiday tradition. The Oakville Professional Fire Fighters firmly believe that every child deserves at least one special gift and so once again this year a crew will be on hand to accept new, unwrapped toys from Parade goers. Bring along your unwrapped gift with you on Parade Day. Gifts for older children are especially needed. We remind those bringing gifts to not forget children over the age of 12.
Both the Kinsmen Club and the Fire Fighters will have trucks starting downtown at about 8:30 am just before the official start of the Parade and volunteers will be accepting your donations.
The Fun Group of Families and Friends of Falgarwood are celebrating their 18th year of selling noses for charity at the Parade. What started as a group of fun-loving clowns enjoying the Parade with their children has grown year after year and they hope to boost their total proceeds to well over $30,000 this year. This group sells their famous “red noses” on Parade Day for $2, with all proceeds this year supporting Wellspring-Halton. Make sure when purchasing your nose, you get it from these clowns as they are the only group sanctioned by the Parade for red nose sales. They are easily identified by their red sweatshirts or red aprons. The Kinsmen Club of Oakville, the Oakville Professional Fire Fighters & the Fun Group of families and Friends of Falgarwood are the ONLY groups authorized to accept your donations at the Parade.
The Parade’s guest of honour, Santa Claus himself, will end the Parade and signal the start of the holiday season in Oakville by greeting Parade goers and collecting Christmas wish lists from children of all ages along the Parade route.
The holiday fun continues after the Parade! For the first time in 15 years, on a Canadian Big Screen, Encore Cinemas and RetroFestive.ca will present three exclusive screenings of the Christmas Classic, A Christmas Story. Please join Encore Oakville Mews Cinemas after the Santa Claus Parade at either 11:30am, 1:45pm, and 4:00pm. In lieu of admission, theatre goers are asked to bring a donation to support the Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre’s Food Drive. Items being accepted include cash donations, non-perishable food items and grocery store gift cards.
The 2011 Parade takes place tomorrow, Saturday, November 19th, beginning at 9 am. The Parade will begin at Lakeshore Road and Reynolds, go west on Lakeshore to Kerr Street, north on Kerr and end at Kerr and Stewart streets. For general information about the Parade, visit the website at www.oakvillesantaclausparade.ca or leave a message at 905-815-5981.
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