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Essex welcomes Santa and Mrs. Claus during nighttime parade

by Garrett Fodor

The Town of Essex and its residents are quickly getting into the holiday spirit. 

  On Saturday evening, all heads turned to the annual “Essex BIA Santa Claus Parade,” which the Windsor Parade Corporation hosts. Winding through the newly unveiled Essex Centre Streetscape area, a long line of floats decked out with lights, bands performing songs, and an array of local organizations handing out candy came together, spreading holiday cheer and helping to make memories.  

  The parade, sponsored by the Essex Centre BIA, started at Fairview before turning left onto Talbot Street North and running until Medora Avenue East. 

  “Parades are a great free form of entertainment for our communities,” Maggie Durocher of the Windsor Parade Corporation noted. “The holidays can be a stressful time for families and can put a strain on it. But we’re able to provide everyone an opportunity, while making memories for families to ensure everyone smiles.”

  “It is great to be back once again and now on the newly renovated Essex core,” Durocher continued. “It always makes such a great backdrop and it’s great to bring everyone together. Jeff’s No Frills is pushing carts collecting donations in the spirit of the holidays. It’s great.”

  This year’s edition of the parade featured more than 50 different entries, ranging from floats to marching bands and other festive participants. The theme for the 2023 edition was “Season to Sparkle,” with numerous entries taking their own spin to that. From lights and tinsel, to adding music and even some bubbles to mimic snow. 

  For the second year, a Fan Zone, located next to Blimeys British Store & Gift Shop, featured activities, campfires, snacks and refreshments for sale to keep warm for the parade as the temperatures began to drop. 

  “Everyone is always so excited to see Santa, it is magical,” Durocher said. “Everyone waits anxiously until they can see Santa and Mrs. Claus.”

  Durocher thanked the sponsors, volunteers, the participants, and area residents for attending and helping to make the event go smoothly. She looks forward to seeing the parade continue to grow.


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