Perfect day for Santa Claus Parade

BARRY’S BAY  – The sun sparkling on the freshly fallen snow, smiling faces, excitement in the air, everyone in Barry’s Bay was ready for the 54th Annual Madawaska Valley Lions Club Santa Claus Parade on December 7.

More than twenty floats followed the Ontario Provincial Police cruiser, driven by Kyle Fabian, of the Killaloe detachment, along the Opeongo Line from the Beer Store to the Paul J. Yakabuski Arena.

The street was lined on both sides with well-wishing children and parents.

There were horses, a pipe band, carolling, fire trucks, shopping carts and all manner of brightly coloured and imaginatively decorated floats.

Candy was handed out along the way.

Santa Claus came in the last float of the parade. At the arena there was a long line up of children waiting to have a personal word with the friendly old Claus. He listened carefully to everyone’s wishes.

There were Lions Club volunteers on hand to give them candy and a gift after they had a word with Santa.

Chris and Marcia Daly were outside the arena to hand out 100 turkeys, as they do each year.

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