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Picton cheers the return of Santa Claus

Story and photos by Sharon Harrison
Picton welcomed Santa Claus back in its first parade following a two year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sunday afternoon.

Organizers were excited to see Picton Main Street with a parade of floats, noting it was good to get life back to somewhat normal again this year.

Much to the relief of all, the forecasted rain held off until the parade had almost finished, on what was an unseasonably warm day.

Hundreds of people gathered roadside lining Main Street to watch the parade, all the way from Town Hill to the east, to the plaza to the west.

There were horses and dogs as the parade saw many favourite floats, the usual inflatables, concluding with Santa Claus himself on his magnificent sleigh.

Legion members headed the parade, followed by bagpipers, along with the Prince Edward Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron and there were marching bands too, including the Concert Band of Cobourg.

Also among the many floats, the Prince Edward Horse and Pony Club, Walt’s Sugar Shack, the Picton Kinsman Club, the Salvation Army, Base31, the Belleville and District Shrine Club, and the Picton BIA.

And of course, no County parade would be complete without the Cherry Valley Frasers.

Folks were encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at two points along the parade route, outside the Royal Hotel and also outside McDonalds. Donations will go to the Picton Food Bank.

A pancake breakfast could be enjoyed prior to the parade at the CAPE (a last-minute change of venue from the Prince Edward Yacht Club due to a water leak).

The Picton parade committee (separate from the Picton BIA) is a small one, with just four volunteer members

Floats gathered at McFarland and Main streets (near the Beer Store) where they proceeded west along Main, through Picton’s downtown, ending near the LCBO.

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