GRIMSBY – Santa is on his way to Grimsby.
The jolly man in red will fly to town Saturday to take his seat atop the Rona float in the annual Grimsby Santa Claus Parade. The parade begins at 5:15 p.m., and several streets near the parade route — Livingston Avenue from the Peach King Centre to Ontario Street — will be shut down as early as 4 p.m. for the annual evening affair.
It will be a spectacular show of lights as floats, bands and other entries make their way from town hall to the town clock. Parade volunteers will be distributing goodies along the parade route and Canada Post workers will be collecting letters to Santa. The Grimsby Firefighters Association will be collecting donations of food and toys for the Grimsby Benevolent Fund.
The theme of this year’s parade is Christmas Stories.
This year’s honourary parade marshal is Doug Flis of Grimsby Runners. Flis has been running for nearly 40 decades and has used his talents not only to raise funds, but to raise new runners. Earlier this year, Flis ran from Grimsby to Elicottville to raise funds for mental health organizations on both sides of the border.
Livingston Avenue will be closed from Magnolia Crescent to Ontario Street from 4 p.m. until roughly 8 p.m.
Those unable to attend this year’s Grimsby Santa Claus Parade will still have a chance to take in the excitement thanks to a group of Grimsby Secondary School students. Students from the school will be filming the parade, which will be later shared to the town’s website.
Judges will again be taking a hard look at each entry, awarding prizes to the top business, school or church and non-profit entry as well as the overall crowd pleaser.