On behalf of the North Dundas Parade of Lights Committee, I would like to thank everyone who helped make the return of our beloved parade such a huge success.
Thank you to all the businesses and community organizations who participated in the Vendor & Trade Show and in the parade. Thanks to Erica Wopat-Scott and Ron Porteous for doing a great job of emceeing the parade from the main corner. As always, we are grateful to the community organizations and businesses who offer dinners and refreshments on parade day, and those who opened their doors and parking lots to spectators during the parade, the Legion for hosting its annual after party, and to the Winchester Fire Department for arranging a ride in the parade for Santa. Thank you also to the volunteers who lent a hand on parade day.
Of course, none of this would be possible without our sponsors, and for them we are truly grateful.
We are always amazed at the effort and creativity that goes into the floats every year, and this year was no exception. We had 42 floats, and choosing winners for our float contest is never an easy task, but it’s one our planning committee takes seriously. Floats are judged on a number of criteria, including creativity, originality, effort, detail and audience interaction.
Here are this year’s float category winners:
Best Overall: EC Carruthers & Sons
Best Business Float: Whitetail Construction
Best Non-Profit Float: Scouts Canada
Best Agricultural Float: Agri Partners Crop Centre
Best Animal Float: The Capital Cowgirls Drill Team
Most Lights: D’s Collision
People’s Choice: Hydro One
Most Original: Morewood Recreation Association
Float winners receive a gift basket with local products. Congratulations to all our winners.
I am very grateful for the dedication and hard work of my fellow parade committee members, Brianne Scott and Matthew Roy. This year, Cheryl Beasley took over planning for the Vendor & Trade Show and did a fabulous job.
Of course, what’s a Christmas parade without Santa? Thank you, Santa, for taking time from your busy schedule to take part in our event.
We can’t wait to see everyone again at next year’s parade.
Chair, North Dundas Parade of Lights Committee