SUMMERSIDE – For kids at Generation XX the annual Santa Claus Parade isn’t only a way to kick off the holiday season, it’s a way to show of new tricks skateboarders and scooter-ers have been working on over the year.
“It’s not often they get to skate or scooter down the middle of the road,” said Angie Arsenault, of Generation XX.
“The Santa Claus parade is something the kids look forward to all year. They don’t get to show off all the time.”
Generation XX members have been participants in the Downtown Summerside Santa Claus parade for a number of years. Their float features a giant half pipe that the kids love to use when the parade comes to a halt.
“It’s a high half pipe. It’s great to see them smile as they’re being dragged along the parade route and then others are riding around behind. It’s really fun.”
Arsenault’s favourite part of evening is the atmosphere.
“I love seeing all the people dancing around or dancing on the floats and listening to music while wearing Santa hats and getting into the spirit.”
The 21st edition of the Downtown Summerside Santa Claus parade is set for Nov. 24 at and begins at 6 p.m.
“It will look very similar to past parades,” said Larissa Harris, one of the parades organizers from Downtown Summerside.
The parade will begin at the Holland College Waterfront campus and continue up Water Street. When the parade meets Rufus Street (Sunny’s Dairy Bar) Santa will make his way to Credit Union Place and the floats will make their way back to Holland College.
“It’s going to be a really exciting night. My favourite part is seeing the kids interact with Santa. We have our tried and true Santa back again this year and he gives each child his undivided attention, which is really great to see. The night will be a real kickoff to the holiday season,” said Harris.
Canada Postal Service workers will walk in the parade to collect letters to Santa if children want to submit one.
So far 17 floats have been entered in the event, but Harris believes more are still to come.
“Last year we had businesses handing in their registration forms the day of the parade. So we’re expecting some last minute entries again this year.”
To register for the annual Downtown Summerside Santa Claus parade, contact Harris at 902-807-9259 or submit forms to firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up registration forms and drop them off at HMS Office Supplies on Water Street in Downtown Summerside.