Parade draws more entries, biggest crowd in years

20191123_140811.jpgMany floats did an admirable job of representing the Fairy Tale theme.

Last Saturday the Westport Lions Santa Claus parade organizers efforts to kick off the Christmas season with an impressive parade came to fruition much to the enjoyment of one of the biggest crowds to take in the parade in years.

This year’s event took a walk back to childhood with its Fairy Tale theme which participants embraced.

Floats, vehicles, farm machinery and other participants took to the parade route where spectators were entertained by four different bands.

The Gordon Pipe Band from Smiths Falls led the parade followed later by the Perth Citizens Band, The Rideau High School Band and the Khan family’s steel band.

“Whatever place-in a small town would you have four bands and 26 floats,” said Lion Jim McGlade, who helped keep participants and spectators safe along the route by directing traffic away from the parade route.

This year participants marshaled at St. Edward’s parking lot before marching down Bedford Street and circling back after a trip down church to Spring, Main Street and then a return back on Bedford.

“The weather was conducive to having a good parade,” said McGlade who has seen the Lions event through a variety of weather.

For judges Donna Easter, Betty McInnis and Judy Pattinson choosing a winner in any of the categories was difficult.
“Everyone in that parade was a winner. Every one of the floats was outstanding,” said Donna Easter.

The three judges chose not to decide and created a first for the parade, three three-way ties in each category.

Closest to the Theme: The Opinicon; Dale and Loretta Younge Concrete; and Herlehy Home Building Centre.

Most Creative: Westport Arts Council; Scheuermann’s Vineyard & Winery; and Maple Rock Holsteins.

Honourable Mention: McNichols Electrical & Plumbing Ltd.; Scott Blair Construction; “The Pit” The Gathering Place; and Royal LePage.


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