The Grand Forks Santa Claus Parade is gearing up for its sixth year with this year’s theme focusing on Christmas around the world.
Starting at Selkirk College’s Grand Forks campus and making its way through downtown Grand Forks, co-ordinator Beverly Osachoff explained the parade’s theme was a committee decision.
“We have a team of three volunteers that make up the parade committee and every now and again we get together and brainstorm,” she said. “This year we’re celebrating Christmas on an international scale.”
The parade is open to all clubs, organizations or businesses and is free to all participants.
“We would like to know in advance that they’re coming so we can register them so we know how to organize the parade,” Osachoff added. “We’d like to know as soon as possible, and it’s best to let us know before the day of the parade.”
Osachoff pointed out the parade is a great way for people to promote what they do and to have a little fun in the community.
“It’s never a long parade because the weather can be uncertain that time of year but the idea is to get out, have some fun and kick off the season and get into the spirit,” she said. “There are prizes for first, second third place floats, Santa will be on site to judge the parade floats this year and you get extra points for sticking to your themes.”
Participants will also get free hot chocolate supplied by Overwaitea.
“The judges are always wooed by stuff like lights and music and lots of bling,” Osachoff said. “Other than that, we encourage everyone to come out to a fun, free, family event, and to show people what a great place downtown Grand Forks is.”
Application forms can be picked up at Yaletown Acupuncture, Your Dollar Store With More, Community Futures and the Grand Forks Gazette office.