Residents of Battersea, Ont., township have been all smiles with the arrival of the person in crimson this Sunday, because the second Battersea Santa Claus Parade came about.
South Frontenac Township Mayor Ron Vandewal stated he was “excited to see it again and excited for the group … simply to get collectively and do stuff.”
The parade made its approach into city from Storrington Public Faculty, turning round by the Creekside Bar and Grill.
“Final yr with the Kingston parade being cancelled, I requested a few of my different associates and small companies across the space, ‘Why don’t we put some floats in and drive down the highway and see what occurs?’” stated Creekside proprietor and parade organizer Kyle Gordon.
Final yr’s impromptu parade featured eight floats from area people members. This yr, Gordon stated there have been at the least 17.
“I used to be blown away by the help this yr by the group,” he stated.
Alongside the route, Gordon collected meals and money donations from group members for the Battersea United Church, piling them excessive inside a motorboat hooked up to his truck.
“After the donations that this group put collectively immediately, I’ve bought tingles proper now simply fascinated about it,” Gordon stated. “My boat was overflowing with donations and even we had money donations as properly. And that’s what it was all about. It was about placing smiles on folks’s faces and serving to out our group.”
Gordon hand-delivered the donations to Rev. Heather McLurg-Murphy on the church, who was blown away by the variety of donations.
“The group got here collectively immediately on the parade and it’s going to assist us immensely,” McLurg-Murphy stated Sunday.
The church plans on gifting meals and presents to 27 households residing in the neighborhood.
With the rising success of this parade, Gordon stated he has no plans of slowing issues down within the years forward.
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