Kensington - It’s that time of year again when Santa Claus takes a break from making the list of who’s been naughty or nice and leaves the North Pole to make a special appearance at the Kensington Christmas Parade on Sunday night.
Huddled in warm coats, hats and mittens and waiting with excitement and anticipation among the crowd that lined the parade route were Jessica MacFadzen-Reid, her daughters Aspen, aged two and Mabel, aged 10 months along with her husband Donald.
“We were in Fredericton, N.B. last weekend and Aspen had a bad day. She cried during the entire parade, so this is the last parade of the season in our area and we had to make sure we came home to catch it, so that she can see Santa. She’s been talking about this all day,” said MacFadzen-Reid.
“It’s about stoking that spirit, like a fire, and this kicks off the season and now we can really get into it. And we’re showing our children what it’s like to be here, while also supporting local businesses taking part,” her husband added.
It’s a family tradition to watch the parade roll through the town every year for the MacFadzen-Reids, while they also keep a close watch for Santa as he passes by.
Robert Wood, chairman of the Kensington Christmas Parade, said the event was a success.
“We invite all businesses and local groups from across the Island to attend and tonight we had a record of 68 entries. It’s a great kick off to the season and appreciation to all the people in the community, and the business support is fantastic.
“It gets people into the Christmas spirit, and at the old train station we give away hot dogs, cookies, hot chocolate and we have live entertainment,” he said.
The parade kicked off at the Community Gardens Arena Complex and made its way downtown, before wrapping up near the train station gazebo.
A highlight of the parade this year was the clip-clop of horses, as well as ponies, dressed in lights and other festive attire.
“We always do have a few horses in the parade, but I do believe there’s about 14 or 15 horses entered this year, which is very good for a night time parade,” added Wood.
Wood thanked Malpeque Bay, the Credit Union, the Kensington and Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the Town of Kensington for their support to make this event a big success, as well as attract the floats and provide entertainment after.