Niagara-on-the-Lake Prepares for Annual Christmas Parade

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and its Christmas Parade Committee are excited to announce that the traditional Christmas Parade in Old Town is scheduled for Saturday, December 9, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Lord Mayor Gary Zalepa says “The Christmas Parade is a wonderful kickoff to the holiday season in Niagara-on-theLake, uniting families, friends, and our community in a magical way. On behalf of Council, I extend a warm invitation to our community to come and enjoy our amazing Parade together.” As with previous years, the Parade will start at the intersection of King and Centre Street in Old Town and travel along Castlereagh, Wellington, Byron/Prideaux, Simcoe and Queen Streets. Stay tuned to for a full Parade map. CAO Marnie Cluckie says “Year after year, the Santa Claus Parade brings the community together, sparking holiday cheer in everyone. A heartfelt thank you to Town Staff, the Parade Committee, and all our community partners who contribute their creativity to make the Parade’s floats truly special. I look forward to seeing our streets filled for another highly anticipated Holiday Parade!”

Each year, the Christmas Parade Committee sells buttons in support of the Parade to offset some of the operating costs. The band’s expenses are quite significant and are entirely funded by private donations. Any commercial or private donations are greatly appreciated. Payments can be made to: Christmas Parade Committee, PO Box 100, Virgil, ON, L0S 1T0 or by drop off at the Town’s Administrative Offices at 1593 Four Mile Creek Road, Virgil. This year’s Christmas Parade button was designed by a local artist and member of the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, Gail Kerr. Buttons can be purchased at select locations throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake. Participate Join the fun and participate in the magic by entering a float in the Parade. Those wishing to participate in the Parade are invited to submit a Parade Entry Form on the Town’s website at Submission is free.

Classic1220’s Chuck Lafleur and former 1220 CHSC newsman Angus Gillespie will once again be the MC’s for the parade as it makes it’s way up Queen Street.