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Pembroke parade winners

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

Pembroke’s recreation department took the time Thursday to recognize those who continue to make Pembroke's Santa Claus Parade of Lights a bigger, better and brighter event each and every year.

At the Pembroke Memorial Centre's activity centre, the winning entries in the 2016 edition of the parade, which ran Nov. 26, were given their moment in the spotlight as the people behind the floats were congratulated for a job well done.

Jordan Durocher of the city's recreation department welcomed everyone, stating he and the parade organizers wanted to thank them all for their participation.

“This is a community participation event,” he said, “and without you, there wouldn't be a parade.”

Mayor Michael LeMay thanked everyone for making the parade such a special event.

The Santa Claus Parade of Lights has remained a smash hit since getting started in 2006, when the parade switched from a daytime one to an evening one, It has attracted thousands of people, who line the entire parade route. All participating floats and displays are required to be covered in safe electric lights.

The parade winners as selected by the panel of judges are as follows:

The Mayor's Award was presented to the Pembroke Community Choir.

Best Overall Entry went to 2 Service Battalion Transport Company.

The Best Out of Town Float was the Township of Laurentian Valley.

Most Original Entry was the Antique Car Club of Pembroke.

The Best Entry from a Business went to Rhino Werx Renovation and Property Management.

The Most Enthusiastic Entry went to Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre.

The Best Entry from a School was presented to Ecole L’Equinoxe.

The Best Religious Entry went to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Returning this year was the early bird draw, when those who signed up for the parade by Oct. 31 were entered into a draw for $100 in Pembroke Business Improvement Area downtown dollars. This was sponsored by both the city’s recreation department and the PBIA. Out of the 26 early bird entries, the winner was Rhino Werx.

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