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Cobden's Santa parade a success

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

WHITEWATER REGION – The weather outside wasn’t frightful, which drew big crowds to watch Cobden’s annual Santa Claus Parade.

The annual event rolled through the streets of the village Saturday afternoon, with the mild temperatures helping to bring the folks out to watch.

People lined the parade route as it ran from the Cobden Fairgrounds west down Astrolabe Road, before turning north, and eastwards down main street, then rolling down Gould Street to finish where it began. The parade packed lots of activity within it, featuring everything from the Renfrew Highland Pipes and Drums, numerous floats and displays, tractors and trucks, horses and ponies and more, making for a feast for the eyes and ears.

Members of the Whitewater Fire Department and the Bank of Nova Scotia collected items from the spectators for the Cobden and District Food Bank while they moved along as part of the parade.

And of course what Santa Claus parade would be complete without the man of the hour himself? Santa and his wife took time out of their busy schedules to greet everyone along the parade route, later returning to the Whitewater Community Hall to meet with the children.

Bonnie Helferty, a member of the Cobden parade committee, said she has only heard good things about this year's parade.

“It was well received,” she said, with 30 entries taking part.

One complicating factor was a funeral being held at Grace United Church shortly after the parade, so organizers had to ensure the event hurried along so it would be wrapped up so as not to interfere with it.

“We were well out of the way before the funeral started,” Helferty said, including those who parked along the streets to watch the parade.

She said the parade continues to be a success because of the volunteers who work hard on organizing it, and the community which takes part year after year.

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