With Christmas coming up fast, that means so are the Christmas parades.
Bancroft council approved the local parade route. There will be no changes to the annual parade put on by Bancroft’s Lion’s Club. The parade will kick-off at 2:30 on December 7th at the MTO yard off of Highway 28, up Hastings Street North before going west onto Station Street. If you have a float in the parade, you’re being asked to show-up at 1:30.
There will be rolling road closures as the parade route goes through Town.
Laverne Stapley with the Lion’s Club notes that if you are planning to give-out candy along the route, you aren’t allowed to toss them from your float. You have to be walking alongside the road to give out sweets.
You can pick up a registration form at Dairy Queen, the Bancroft Times office, or McMichael Jewelers.
Stapley adds that Santa House will be open behind the post office after the parade. The full schedule has not been released.
The “Brighten the Night” Christmas parade in Maynooth will be, as usual, a week after Bancroft’s on December 14th. There’s no pre-registration to get a float in the parade, but if you do want to participate you’re being asked to show up before 4 PM to be judged at the Loggers Field, which is behind the old Maynooth Community Centre.
Old Hastings Road and Hastings Road at Highway 62 and Young Street will be closed starting at 5 PM until the parade wraps up about an hour later.
Vance Motors, No Frills and Scotiabank have donated three cash prizes of $75 to be won by the best floats.
Before the parade starts, hot dogs and drinks will be served in the basement of the United Church from 4 PM until 5. There will also be a Christmas market inside Emond Hall and The Arlington from 11 AM until 6 PM. Santa Claus will also join the festivities. He’ll be at the Hastings Highlands Public Library after the parade to take pictures with kids.