MORRISBURG – A damp, cold Saturday didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of children in South Dundas as they waited to see the jolly old elf.
Santa Claus made a stop in Morrisburg before hundreds of young and old, as the Morrisburg Santa Claus Parade wound its way from St. Lawrence Street, through Augusta Street, First Street, Ottawa Street, Maude Street, Sir James Morris Drive to Dairy Road, through the Morrisburg Village Plaza and back to the fire hall.
Organizer George Davies says there were 60 floats in the parade this year.
“Oh it had to be about 60…it was a lot…a lot of good floats,” South Dundas councillor Marc St. Pierre chimed in.
As children were visiting with Santa at the fire hall and getting hot dogs and hot chocolate, Davies was still trying to comprehend what had just happened for the 21st time.
“I’m still trying to unwind but I think it went great,” he said.
Davies says he used to organize the Christmas parade in Montreal-West before doing the Santa Claus Parade in Morrisburg with a small group of dedicated volunteers.
“That’s why you’re going to see the Royal West Academy Honour Band…that’s my old high school in Montreal and my daughter’s (Lori Davies) high school,” he said.
When asked why he has organized the parade for over 20 years, Davies was very matter of fact.
“I love it!”
Davies says he would like to see more spectators next year.
The date for the 22nd edition of the Morrisburg Santa Claus Parade is already set – Dec. 5., 2015.
Click on an image below to open a gallery of pictures from the 21st Annual Morrisburg Santa Claus Parade.
Watch a video of the parade below (video courtesy of Phillip Blancher)