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Kamloops Santa Claus parade to start at dusk this year

FILE PHOTO -The 2018 Kamloops Santa Claus Parade began on 2nd Avenue. Decorated floats and people marched down the streets handing out candy to spectators.
September 16, 2019 - 12:43 PM

KAMLOOPS - This year’s Santa Claus Parade will come with changes.

The parade will take place on Sunday, Nov. 17 and the biggest change is moving from the morning to a 4 p.m. start. The parade will jingle its way through downtown starting at 2 Avenue and St. Paul Street and ending at 6 Avenue, according to a news release issued by Downtown Kamloops.

The parade will start with ‘Welcome Santa’ for the kids at 3:15 p.m. followed by the parade from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Big Bear Child and Youth Advocacy Centre will hold the 2nd annual Bright Lights for our Children and Youth.

Kamloops Fire Rescue will help light up the tree at 6:15 p.m. There will be games, hot beverages, photo opportunities and more.

Thompson Rivers University will be title sponsors for the third year. This year’s theme is the Power of the Community reflecting TRU’s values of community and sustainability. The planning and judging criteria for floats and overall celebration itself will mirror these values.

“This year Downtown Kamloops and TRU want to elevate the magic of Christmas in Kamloops by moving the event to the evening,” Executive Director of Downtown Kamloops, Carl DeSantis, says in a release. “We hope to add more cheer to an already spectacular event.”

To avoid any clash with the Grey Cup, the association has changed the date to Nov. 17.

Applications opened today, Sept. 16. To apply go here.


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