It’s that time of year again! Time to play Christmas songs in the Port Dover Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 15th!
We have a few reminders for everyone who wants to join in on the float in the parade.
Don’t worry if you haven’t been out lately on Tuesday nights: THE MORE THE MERRIER!!!! No need to worry if you don’t have the songs, or haven’t been out to practice on Tuesday nights. They will be posted in small form at strategic spots all over the float. ( Besides, we usually head over to the Norfolk Tavern afterwards for some warm food, to warm up and have a cuppa cheer.)
Peter and I have talked over what will be involved for decorating the float tomorrow and below is a short list.
Anyone who can come out to help put up garland, etc, should try to meet us at 10 a.m. across from Willie’s on St. George St. near the pier. There is a big beach parking lot right there, they call it the Knechtel’s parking lot.
If you can’t help dec, that’s fine, just turn out with your uke any time before 12 noon. We will be getting lined up in the parade at that time and also that is when judging takes place.
Parade starts a few minutes after 1 p.m. after Santa arrives at the pier by tugboat.
*Authorities will be closing the streets after 12 noon, so you want to be in town and parked before that.
What to bring and/or suggestions:
– DRESS WARMLY – the winds have been known to chill you to the bone in past years
– Gloves/Mitts – those who have worn fingerless gloves in the past say they worked really well.
– Christmassy outfits – bring Santa hats, or reindeer antlers, etc.
– blanket to sit on
– staple gun, staples
– tacks, hooks, anything that might help put up bows and santa stockings
– wiring? Anything that could help with attaching decorations and hanging the long yellow signs along the side or up above from the wood frame.
– other tools, like pliers (for removing staples afterwards), hammers, etc.
– any decorations you can spare
Last year we had green and red balloons, a big red wreath, some evergreen branches at the back, a lawn reindeer, wrapped packages and gift bags, lots of garland and Peter had these big red bows that he bought the year before.
Don’t worry about bringing chairs or stools.
Peter and Bill are going to borrow the bench from the Board of Trade again, and Ian is going to bring stable chairs. We don’t want to risk anyone tipping over during the route.
Our float director this year will be Gerrie. She will be able to direct you for decorating, climbing up ladders and to the public washrooms! Ha ha!
And lastly, bring some good cheer! It’s always a lot of fun doing this parade – you don’t want to miss it!