Sunshine for Santa in Morrisburg

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus wave to the young and old along Main Street in Morrisburg, Ont. Scenes from the Morrisburg Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

MORRISBURG – It was a pleasant day weather-wise as the jolly old elf came to Morrisburg on his pre-Christmas Day tour.

Sunshine, broken up with a few clouds, and a relatively mild two degrees greeted hundreds of onlookers during the Morrisburg Santa Claus Parade Saturday morning. Though Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating fully with a cold wind bringing a slight chill to the crowd.

This was the 23rd year for the parade which winds its way along Augusta Street, First Street, Maude Street, Sir James Morris Drive, Fifth Street and finishes along Main Street before heading to the fire station.

From South Dundas firefighters, to the Crime Stoppers dog, and even some real dogs decked out in their holiday best, the people along the parade route appeared to be enjoying the festivities.

Students from Morrisburg Public School were collecting non-perishable food items for the Dundas County Food Bank and cash donations for the South Dundas Angel Tree Campaign.

The parade had a little bit of a political message this year as some floats were decorated with the theme of “save rural schools”, publicizing the community push to save UCDSB schools in Morrisburg and Iroquois.

The parade culminated with Santa, joined by Mrs. Claus, as they waved from their seats in a one horse open sleigh.

Click on a thumbnail below to open a gallery of photos from the Saturday parade.