For long time fans of the North Dundas Parade of Lights, it will come as no surprise that this year’s Parade was a great success. This year saw the return of a traditional parade, with spectators lining the streets of Winchester, and stunning floats rolling by.
The Parades in 2020 and 2021 were not cancelled, but were rather re-branded as the North Dundas “Display” of Lights because of concerns regarding the spread of infection during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Display of Lights had stationary floats set up, with cars slowly driving through the display to take in the festive lights. The 2020 Display took place in Winchester, while in 2021, it was hosted at the South Mountain Fairgrounds.
As per usual with the annual tradition, there were other happenings on Parade day as well, including the traditional Fries for Charity fundraiser. The annual Float Contest continued as per usual, with prizes of local treats being awarded to the winners of the eight contest categories. About 50 floats were registered for the Parade in total!
Parade-goers this year were no doubt thrilled about the return to the old tradition. Photos on social media showed beautifully decorated floats and hundreds of people lining the streets of Winchester to watch the Parade. Comments on social media were overwhelmingly positive, showing that the community was more than ready for a return to “normal”.
Cheers to local traditions, and Merry Christmas to all!