Santa Claus Parade coming Nov. 25
Rhino Werx Renovations shows their interpretation of A Charlie Brown Christmas during the 2016 edition of Pembroke's Santa Claus Parade of Lights. This year's parade is scheduled for Nov. 25, 2017.
It is that time of year again for the light and magic of the holiday season to take over downtown Pembroke.
The 2017 edition of the annual Santa Claus Parade of Lights will take place on Saturday, Nov. 25 starting at 5:30 p.m. As usual, it gets underway from Moncion Metro and will make its way down Pembroke Street to the Christie Street intersection, before turning left for Festival Hall/Equinox School.
Elijah McKeown, recreation programmer with the city's parks and recreation department, said this year's theme is “150 Years of Christmas,” showing how the holiday season is celebrated in Canadian history.
“We’re encouraging participants to turn the parade into a walk through history while celebrating our heritage, with each float focused on a different era over the last 150 years,” he said.
To date, the city has received 45 entries, with another 15 signing up over the past two days. McKeown said the closer the event gets, the more interest in the parade is generated.
He said within the theme of history and heritage, the imagination is the only limit.
“It is going to be fun to see how everyone puts it together,” McKeown said.
The parade will be judged, with awards to be presented to the winning entries at a later date, usually about week after the parade.
The trophies and awards are: Best Overall Float/Display; The Mayor's Award; Most Enthusiastic; Best Business Float; Best Religious Float; Best Sports Group Float; Best School Entry; Best Out of Town Entry; Most Original Entry; and Best Float from a Non-Profit Organization.
McKeown said the Salvation Army and its volunteers will be collecting for the food bank during the parade, so those members of the public coming out to see it are being encouraged to bring some non-perishable food items to donate to the cause.
To register a float for this year's parade, please contact the recreation department at email@example.com or visit the department at the Pembroke Memorial Centre beside the upper level doors.
“We're still accepting late registrations,” McKeown said.