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New Waterford, Glace Bay, Dominion, Reserve Mines prepare for parades

GLACE BAY —  Christmas season is approaching and that means parades, with organizers hoping communities get involved.

The New Waterford Christmas Parade and Light Up will be held on Nov. 24, at 6 p.m.

The parade is sponsored by the Kinfamily of New Waterford, Cape Breton Regional Municipality recreation department and the New Waterford Fire Department.

"The entries are coming in fast and furious," said Krista Dove, a recreation program co-ordinator for the CBRM for New Waterford, Dominion and area.

"We are getting a lot of great entries  and a lot of community support. We are looking forward to this parade being large and exciting."

 An awards ceremony will be held at the Knights of Columbus facility after the parade.

Canada Post letter carriers will be collecting letters to Santa along the route and the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be collecting non-perishable food item donations.

Holiday lights along Plummer Avenue are illuminated during the parade procession.

"We encourage people twho live along the route to put their Christmas lights on and light up for the parade and get everyone into the holiday spirit."

For more information, contact Ray Abbott at 539-5272 or Polly Wareham at 862-7416.

The Santa Claus Light Parade in Dominion is being held Dec. 1. Santa Claus will be at the fire hall to visit with children from 3-4 p.m.

Dove said that is a popular part of the day, Santa is excited to be going there.

"Santa is so excited to see all the children come in from Dominion and all the other communities."

Dove said there is also always a good turnout of floats as well.

"The community support is amazing, overwelming. We are happy to have everyone come out and spend time in our communities."

The parade will get into formation on Duggan Street at 3 p.m.  Letter carriers will be collecting children’s letters to Santa along the main route.   

Hot chocolate and soup will be served at the fire hall following the parade, along with the presentations of parade awards.

For more information or to register, calll CBRM recreation at 862-4700.

Myles Waidson, deputy fire chief of the Reserve Mines Volunteer Fire Department, said their annual parade is being held on Dec. 7, at 2 p.m.

Waidson said their community always holds an afternoon parade, on the same day as the Glace Bay fire department's parade.

He said they get lots of community support, but also holding it on the same day as Glace Bay get additional floats.

"We get some of the floats that are already in the area for the Glace Bay parade," he said.

"We appreciate anyone else that wants to join in."

Waidson said following the parade there will be an awards ceremony at the fire hall. He said as well, Santa Claus will be on hand.

"He will be there to give out treats to the kids. We had 300 kids last year."

He said they are always happy to see not only a strong turnout from their own community, but surrounding communities.

"We get people from all around, Gardiner and Dominion area."

The Glace Bay Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their annual Christmas parade on Dec. 7, at 6 p.m.

"It is always held the first Saturday of December, always was and always will be," said Brian Morgan, fire prevention officer at the fire department.

Morgan said the floats will begin to line up at 4 p.m. He said there is always get a huge turnout for  the Glace Bay parade.

"There is always a big turnout of floats of different organizations and businesses including from Sydney and New Waterford," he said.

"It's great, every year we see new floats."

As well Morgan said a lot of organizations put a lot of work into it .

"Some organizations work for week and weeks getting a float ready."

"We've had people with their pets in it, people dressing up.

"It's getting bigger and bigger every year."

Following the parade, everyone is invited back to the fire station for hotdogs, drinks and awards for the floats from the parade.

Registration takes place during the parade formation.

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