No matter how many times the Morrisburg Santa Claus Parade takes to the streets of this town, no one ever tires of the fun and enjoyment it brings to the hundreds who will line the parade route this Saturday to take in the festivities.
“It’s the same route as it has always been,” says perennial organizer George Davies. It starts at Giant Tiger winds its way through town and ends after the procession has made its way through the Morrisburg Plaza.
Davies says that people can expect to see about the same things as they do every year.
As Davies starts to talk about the number of bands, incidentally six this year which is more than usual, the at least four dozen floats he expects to see join the parade at 11 a.m this Saturday, and the van full of costumes, everything from Dora to the Grinch, that will be worn by volunteer walkers during the parade, Davies’ smile widens and his eyes get that sparkle reminiscent of the Jolly Old Elf who always steals the show parade day.
“I always look forward to it,” says Davies of the Morrisburg Santa Parade that he has been organizing for 19 years. “And, I’m already working on next year’s which will be the 20th anniversary.”
Speaking of the Jolly Old Elf, Davies mentions that he has recently spoken to Santa about this Saturday’s parade.
“He told me, it looks like it’s going to be a real good one again this year,” said Davies.
Santa also asked Davies to remind everyone that after the parade he will be at the firehall handing out peanut free candy canes, to all those who want to meet him. There will be enough chocolate milk and hotdogs for about 400 kids.
Students from Morrisburg Public School will be collecting donations for the local food bank along the parade route.
“The weather looks just about perfect for a parade,” says Davies, who just like the rest of us, can hardly wait for the big day – parade day!