Elliot Lake Santa Claus Parade sees 35 entries

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDSanta Claus and one of his helpers road into Elliot Lake in fine fashion led by his reindeer. They were the last in the 35 entry parade. For more on the Elliot Lake Santa Claus Parade, see page 3

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Hundreds lined the route on Friday evening to watch the 40th Elliot Lake Santa Claus Parade roll by.

The route changed slightly from last year. With the Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre’s partial roof collapse in February, the area has been cordoned off. As a result, the parade started from the ScotiaBank parking area.

It went onto Ontario Avenue, turned onto Hillside Drive North and headed to the Collins Hall. With the route change it shortened the distance for those in the parade.

At the Collins Hall hotdogs and hot chocolate were waiting for those in the parade.

With 35 entries this year’s parade it was among the largest of Elliot Lake Santa Claus parades.

The parade included floats and walkers. There was even an entry from the Township of the North Shore.

Many volunteers worked to help make this year’s parade a success.

Santa Claus was a big hit with the younger set. Even some teenagers got into the spirit of the season wanting to get their photograph taken with the Jolly Old Elf.

There were winners in this year’s parade.

Best Overall Entry went to Elliot Lake Retirement Living.

In the Clubs and Organizations category, first place went to Villa Francaise des Jeunes, with second place going to the Elliot Lake Family Health Team.

In the Business category, first place went to Tex in the Trees, with second spot going to Hi-Rail Leasing.

In the Walkers category, the top spot went to the Girl Guides and the second place went to Studio Dance Arts.

The awards were presented by Elliot Lake Mayor Dan Marchisella, Santa Claus and Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP Carol Hughes.

Marchisella described the parade as “absolutely remarkable.”

He added, “I was born and raised here, and in all the years growing up here I did not see a single parade as amazing as what I saw tonight.”

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARD

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDThe Elliot Lake Retirement Living float in the 40th annual Elliot Lake Santa Claus Parade won the Best Overall Entry this year.

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDThe Villa Francaise des Jeunes float took first place in the Clubs and Organizations category.

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDTex in the Trees float took first prize in the Business category.

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDStudio Dance Arts took second prize in the Walkers category in the 40th annual Elliot Lake Santa Claus Parade.

The Elliot Lake Retirement Living float in the 40th annual Elliot Lake Santa Claus Parade won the Best Overall Entry this year.

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARD

Santa Claus and one of his helpers road into Elliot Lake in fine fashion led by his reindeer. They were the last in the 35 entry parade.

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARD

The Villa Francaise des Jeunes float took first place in the Clubs and Organizations category.

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDSanta Claus and one of his helpers road into Elliot Lake in fine fashion led by his reindeer. They were the last in the 35 entry parade. For more on the Elliot Lake Santa Claus Parade, see page 3

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