What a night! This year’s Santa Claus parade in Flamborough did not disappoint. Hickory Dickory Decks wouldn’t have missed it for the world. In fact, it’s Dexter’s favourite time of the year.
After the hustle and bustle of a busy deck season, the guys and gals over at world headquarters really get into the Christmas spirit and can’t think a better way to kick off the holiday season.
The theme for this year’s Flamborough Santa Claus parade was “light the way,” and of course Hickory Dickory Decks theme was, “deck the halls.”
Though Santa was the highlight of the parade for many, this year’s parade was far from a one-man show. The “loonie” volunteers were out in full force again this year, collecting your donations. These offerings are imperative. Each parade costs, on average, $35,000 a year to run. Along with the loonie collection, the Helping Hands Mission was once again collecting socks for Santa. Not that Santa needs socks, but I’m sure he’s capable of finding good homes for all those donations.
It’s the volunteers that make the parade a reality and this year’s parade had 75 volunteers doing their magic. Way to go, community! There were 65 entries and 14 bands, ensuring there was lots to see this year. With rain just prior to the parade, it was a small miracle when the weather cleared just in time for the start of the parade.
Celebrity judges were on hand to give out awards to a few of those who raised the bar this year.
Winners of the 2016 Flamborough Santa Claus parade were as follows:
Best Performance by a group: The Dream Centre
The judges also awarded Rising Star and Browns Martial Arts with their own personal accolades for very creative entries.
Best Christmas Spirit: 3rd Waterdown Scouts and Waterdown Dancers Inc. in a tie.
Best Overall Effort: Dancemakerz with Mike’s Landscaping and Great Lakes Tree Service Ltd. close behind
The 2016 Appeal Factor: Bill’s Auto and Waterloo Regional Kart Club
2016 Honourable Mentions: Carlisle Girls Guides and Cascata Bistro (and their cyclists)
Community favourite for the Band: Alexander Marching Coyotes
Out of Thousands of Emails; The Dream Centre received the most votes, followed by Dancermakerz in 2nd place, the new entry of the Hamilton Hoppers was 3rd, The Dutch Mill was 4th and rounding out the top 5… YFC!!
It was great to see past winners like Hickory Dickory Decks giving others a chance at the podium.
Let’s not forget about all those letters brought by our little ones for Santa. A donation team was on a hand to collect this year’s letters and made sure that Santa didn’t go back to the North Pole without every single one of them.
Hickory Dickory Decks looks forward to the 2017 Flamborough Santa Claus Parade. Do you think we need more lights?