Santa Claus comes to Westport

By Lucille Bresee
The Westprt Lions Club  has a reputation to uphold – presenting a great Santa Claus Parade and the schedule for this Saturday promises to live up to that repuation.  Lion’s club members, Don Baker and John Remple, this years co-ordinator’s have everything coming along well and it is hoped the  weatherman co-operates.  The parade leaves St. Edward School at 2 p.m. and makes its way down Bedford, Church, Rideau  and Main Streets before returning to St. Edward via Bedford St. 

This year’s parade theme ‘Christmas with Elvis’ may mean some of the floats willhave a retro theme.  Parade line up is from St. Edwards School with marshalling beginning at 12:30. A commentary on the parade will be available by tuning in 98.7 FM.  A parade always depends on Seasonal music to get everyone in a festive mood, and this year’s Parade Theme, “Christmas with Elvis” will provide a perfect opportunity to highlight the times of this musical icon. Bands this year, include Rideau District High School Band of Elgin, the Perth Citizen’s Band and Smiths Falls  “Gordon’s Pipe Band.” An entry by the Cowan Family and a Gospel Group will round out the musical entries.

Everyone looks forward to the animals in the parade, both heavy 
work horses, riding breeds as well as individual ‘s riding type. West Wind’s Ranch riding stable and pet boarding facility are always highlights for every age group.  As well, there will be a float constructed to carry the donations of perishable foods for the local Food Bank and Lion Jim McGlade and his trusty four wheeler and Lion’s Club helpers will receive any offered by the bystanders and others to help the club defray some of the 
expenses of the day.  Money is needed to pay the Bands; help out with the candy during the parade and for the children when they meet and greet Santa at St, Edwards School afterwards. There will be a barbeque for parade entrees and those who helped in other ways to say thank you.

After the parade children can visit Santa at St. Edward School where there will be a barbecue for parade entrants.
It is a community event and Lions Don Baker and John Remple 
appreciate the many ways people have helped out with financial 
donations, directing traffic, put floats together, all going toward a 
successful day. Lion Pat McGinnis and the trusty Mobility Van are a welcome sight as they deliver fruit cakes to area residents and 
taking time for a cheery greeting to the elderly and housebound folks.

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