Maurice McFadden | Nov 29, 2012

 Under a bright sky and a brisk, chilly wind parade goers lined Highway 41 in Northbrook for the annual Santa Claus parade on November 24. Sponsored by the Land O'Lakes Lions and the Kaladar Community Club, the parade began with a spritely and impressive version of Frosty the Snowman courtesy of the RCSCC marching band. Judging by the thrilled faces of the youngsters who filled the curb sides and collected treats from the numerous colorful floats, the parade did not disappoint. Photo: members of the local Brownie troop enjoyed participationg in the parade.

The cold wind on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 24 provided the perfect environment for Santa’s return to Northbrook.

Together, the members of the Land O’ Lakes Lions and Kaladar Community Clubs coordinated another successful Santa Claus Parade. The annual parade has become a shared venture by the two clubs in recent years, alternating between the communities of Northbrook and Kaladar. The residents of Northbrook, especially those residing at the Pine Meadow Nursing Home, were very happy that their village was hosting this year.

At 10 a.m. the OPP blocked of a section of Highway 41, allowing parade participants the opportunity to delight young and old with Christmas joy. Parade Grand Marshall Lion Ric Godard organized numerous floats and marching groups. Among those represented were Land O’ Lakes Community Services, the township of North Frontenac, local Cadet Corps, 1st Cloyne Girl Guides, and many more.

The parade route wove around by the local nursing home, allowing all its residents an opportunity to enjoy the holiday event. The procession finished at the Land O’ Lakes Lions Community Hall, were Santa continued to spread his joy to the children of the community by listening to their wishes and giving out treats and advent calendars. For all those who attended, spectators, volunteers, and participants, members of the Kaladar Community Club served donuts and hot chocolate. The warmth inside the hall was shown through the smiles on all the faces.

Land O’ Lakes Lions president, Marilyn Bolender, greeted and thanked all those in attendance, and announced the winners of the float contest; 1st to Yourway Home Centre, 2nd Land O’ Lakes Emmanuel United Church, and 3rd to Land O’ Lakes Horticultural Society.

The Land O’ Lakes Lions would like to thank generous donations by COFA (Conservationists of Frontenac and Addington), the Township of Addington Highlands, and the Township of North Frontenac towards the 2012 Santa Claus Parade.


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