Plans for static Sarnia Santa Claus parade finalized

Santa Claus Parade (BlackburnNews.com photo by Dave Dentinger)

The Sarnia Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade is still a go this year but the 39th annual event will look much different.

Instead of residents lining Christina Street, they’re invited to take part in a “drive-thru” style parade in the Lambton College parking lot.

Club Parade Chair Bob Marks hopes there’ll be about 20 parked floats with people driving past them in the safety and comfort of their own vehicles.

“Our vision was to have the number of people that come out each year to view the parade, we’re talking thousands,” said Marks. “It’s a fair amount of work for us but we thought we would do this for the enjoyment of the Sarnia-Lambton public to enjoy what we always call the kickoff for Christmas.”

Marks said COVID-19 precautions are being taken and regulations are being strictly enforced. There will be no parking available, and those attending must stay in their vehicles.

The theme of this year’s event is “Remember our food banks this Christmas”.

Marks said they’re still accepting float registrations, and prefer the displays be on a flatbed or trailer rather than single-vehicle entries.

You can go to www.sarniakinsmen.ca/santa-claus-parade for more information and to register.

The parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Back in June, Lambton College hosted a drive-by celebration parade for its graduating students.