BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: Santa Claus is coming to town, but his arrival will be one week late, this Christmas season.
The Port Perry Santa Claus parade has historically been held on the last Saturday of each November, but that will change for the 2014 edition of the parade - when the cavalcade of floats will roll down Queen St. on the evening of Dec. 6.
The new date has been set in order to accommodate the auxiliary unit of the Durham Regional Police Service, who marshal the parade each year.
In order to ensure that enough auxiliaries are dispatched to each parade, the DRPS Auxiliary met with officials from each Township in Durham Region - in an effort to spread out the events.
The auxiliary officers are necessary at each parade, because they help to control traffic and perform road closures, explained Inspector Charlie Green of the DRPS.
“There are so many parades and we have a limited number of auxiliary officers, so dates were decided so that we could effectively manage all the parades in the region,” he said.
Readers are urged to inform any spectators who they see sitting on a street corner at 5 p.m. on Nov. 29, that the parade date has been changed to the following Saturday.
The Chamber of Commerce expects the usual 70 or so floats to participate in the 2014 parade, but a few marching bands will not be in attendance.
The parade will start at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, departing from the Port Perry Fairgrounds. From there, it will go east on Old Simcoe Rd., turn south on Simcoe St. and then east onto Queen St., where it will wind its way through downtown Port Perry before coming to an end at Water St. The theme this year is ‘Christmas: Past, Present and Future’.
For more information, visit www.scugogchamber.ca or call 905-985-4971.
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