Gravenhurst parade goes back to nature
This year’s Gravenhurst Santa Claus Parade is set to transport spectators into the wild on Saturday, Nov. 24. Organizers are also addressing concerns about potential traffic hazards by moving the staging area for floats this year.
The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. and the actual parade route will remain the same as in previous years - heading out from the corner of Muskoka Road South and Veterans Way before proceeding down Muskoka Road as far as Victoria Street.
While the parade route remains the same, the staging area for floats has been adjusted to address safety concerns about traffic. The staging area will continue to run along Kelly Drive and then onto the south side of Pinedale Road this year.
The theme of this year’s parade is Back to Nature and floats will feature wood and water, as well as your favourite woodland creatures.
“I think everyone has a different image that comes to mind when they picture an outdoor Christmas scene and we’re excited to see what people come up with,” says Sandy Lockhart, executive director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the annual parade. “Last year we had more than 60 floats take part representing organizations and businesses from across Gravenhurst and beyond. A lot of them really go all out on their floats and we’re expecting more of the same this year.”
As 2018 marks the 65th edition of the parade, the Gravenhurst Chamber has a special surprise treat lined up for all the children in attendance.
Afterwards, Santa himself and Mrs. Claus will be available to meet the young ones (and the young at heart) at the Gravenhurst Opera House. The Gravenhurst Lions Club are organizing the visit with Santa once again.
The Gravenhurst Fire Department is also hoping everyone is in the giving spirit. Firefighters from all three stations will be taking part in the parade for the third year in a row, collecting toys for the Salvation Army.
Firefighters are asking those who are able, to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the parade, where firefighters will collect them along the route.