Hundreds greet festive floats

Nathan Liewicki
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A dreary day of light snow didn’t stop Moose Javians from coming out to enjoy a wonderful evening tradition.

Small snowflakes continued to fall as the annual Kinsman Santa Claus Parade got underway shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday. The hundreds of bundled up children, parents and dogs that lined the streets didn’t, however, seem to mind.

“I want to see all of the fancy lights on the floats,” nine-year-old Kalie Schmidt said just before the first float went past her and her family.

Seven-year-old Aiden – Kalie’s younger brother – just wanted to see the man in the red suit.

“It’s my first parade,” said Aiden. I just need to see Santa!”

Santa Claus and a host of floats slowly made their way up Main Street North before turning off to the west at Athabasca Street. 

From Mayor Deb Higgins to Canada Post, and from the Moose Jaw Warriors to the Moose Jaw Sno-Drifters, there were a variety of floats for people of all ages to cheer on and wave to.

Parade organizer Scott Bradford said 25 floats made their way through the streets this year. Most of those signed up in the last seven to 10 days before the parade.

“We got a significant number more floats than we were anticipating earlier on,” Bradford noted. “Everybody really came through near the end.”

Even though Bradford admitted he is already looking forward to the 2014 parade, he told the Times-Herald this year’s parade was a huge success.

“I think it turned out to be absolutely excellent,” said Bradford. “The weather held off (okay) and the streets were full of parents and kids waiting to see Santa and all the floats.”

As emergency services personnel flashed their lights and honked their horns, it was the continual Christmas music blaring from many of the floats that captured Ingrid Jones’ attention.

“The joy of the holiday season comes alive every year at the parade, and the music just gets me in the Christmas spirit,” said Jones.

Siblings Keira and Austin Anderson, who also attended their first parade on Sunday, liked the “cookie float” the best. Austin also said he liked the Warriors float.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Canada Post, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Athabasca Street, Keira

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