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Here comes Santa Claus: Essex Centre BIA’s Christmas parade attracts large turn out

by Sylene Argent

Despite windy weather leading up to Saturday evening, the Essex Centre BIA Santa Claus Parade proceeded down Talbot Street on Saturday evening, creating a night filled with holiday magic.

  The around hour-long parade featured over fifty festive floats – including ones from local businesses, an array of polished marching bands, and service clubs collecting non-perishable food or warming items for those in need. The festivities wrapped up with a much-anticipated appearance from the big man in red himself, Santa, who was accompanied by his missus in a reindeer-drawn sleigh.

  Members of the Essex Centre BIA Board of Directors were pleased to host the annual parade for the community, especially since last year’s event was cancelled, due to the pandemic.

  “After a year of uncertainty, the Essex Centre BIA board was thrilled at the idea of bringing back the beloved Santa Claus parade to our downtown district,” a comment made on behalf of the members noted. “We enlisted the help from the Windsor Parade Corporation and started planning. Last week, when the WECHU announced new COVID restrictions, we were met with the same uncertainty and had to deal with the possibility of having to cancel once again. Once we finally got the go-ahead, we anxiously anticipated this much-needed kick-start to our holiday season.”

  With the streets lined with spectators of all ages, “We believe the spirit of Christmas was felt by all.”

  The Board of Directors added, “Without the organization of the Windsor Parade Corporation and the assistance from our wonderful Essex town staff, it would not have been possible. We are excitedly looking forward to 2022.”

If anyone missed the parade last Saturday, the Harrow Kinsmen Christmas Parade will take place on December 18, starting at 6pm. According to the Town of Essex website, the parade route will start at The Depot on Sinasac Street and will end at the old Lions Hall or Harrow Arena.

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