Old Saint Nick travelled from the North Pole all the way to Caledonia this week as the town held its annual Santa Claus Parade on Saturday.
Beginning at the Caledonia Fairgrounds, the parade made its way across town down Argyle Street, bringing cheer and candy to all those who came out to watch. It may have been cold and raining, but that didn’t stop the people of Caledonia from coming out to celebrate. Some were attending for the first time, while others have been attending since they were born.
“I was born and raised in Caledonia, so all my life I’ve been here,” said parade-goer Rebecca Hadcock. “The parade is great every year. It gets bigger and bigger with more people and more floats, more entertainment. It’s great for the kids.”
“I come out because seeing my daughter laughing and love seeing all the floats is nice,” said parade-goer Ryan Rumball. “I just love seeing her joy of watching the parade.”
The parade featured floats of local dance schools, local businesses, winners of the town’s colouring contest and more. Even the mayor of Caledonia drove in the parade. Along the way, many floats handed out candy and little toys to the children watching.
Everyone came out to see the man in the big red suit, but some people who attended the parade had a more personal reason for being there.
“Our daughter’s in the parade,” said Caledonia native Ashley Newstead. “She’s on the Caledonia Study of Dance float.”
Many people ran to their cars for warmth after getting their glimpses of Santa Claus. As he made his way down the street, the parade came to an end at McKinnon Park Secondary School.
If you missed your chance to see the parade, keep an eye out around the holidays next year.