Santa Claus is coming to town soon, and this time he’s staying for a while.
The Madawaska Valley Lions Club Santa Claus parade will take place in Barry’s Bay on Saturday, Dec. 2, starting at 12 noon.
When the parade wraps up at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre, St. Nick will head upstairs and be available to kids.
The Lions Club’s Greg Kelly says the post-parade Santa availability is a tradition that’s, thankfully, resuming this year, after being halted during the pandemic.
“It’s nice to see the kids having a good time; the smiles on their faces, and all that good stuff,” he says. “We give out hotdogs and pop and stuff for the kids.”
Those who want to be in the parade can meet on Kelly Street, directly behind the Bank of Montreal building, shortly before noon.
The parade then starts on Paugh Lake Road and moves east onto the Opeongo, before turning right onto Arena Road.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the best floats in the parade, as voted by Lions Club members. The top prize is $200 and second- and third-place winners earn $100.