The annual Santa Claus Parade in Trenton will be taking place this upcoming Sunday.
It's one of those events that are especially important in smaller communities. There is usually a fabulous turn out in Trenton every year no matter what the weather is like. It's not just kids who look forward to this event, adults are quite happy to attend as well. It gives us an opportunity to see people who we don't see all the time and to say hello.
It's fun to see the town transformed for a couple of hours and to see people milling about in a good mood. There's always lots of hot chocolate and candies for the kids. If you are particular about getting a good spot, then it's advisable to show up a little early to secure your place. The parade route does get a little crowded.
Century 21 has a float in the parade, and hopefully I can weasel out of my earlier vague affirmation that I might be able to participate in the parade. I don't think my waving arm is up to the task in 2011. I'm pretty sure that my candy-handing-out arm as also not at its best. I'm not spending as much time at the office as I usually do in the hopes that I'm not cornered and forced to be on the float. I'm a viewer, not a participator. That's my credo.
Canada Post will be participating this year, so if your kids have letters that have to go to Santa, you can bring them down and they will be collected and thrown out delivered to Santa Claus himself.
This year we will also be treated to the Tim Hortons School Band Challenge where local schools will compete against one another in an effort to win money for their school music programs. I know I'm looking forward to that particular part of the parade.
Also, if you could be so kind, please bring down an unwrapped toy or a non perishable food item. These items will be collected and will go towards making someone else's Christmas a little more bearable.
See you there.