(Photo courtesy of Danielle Barabé-Bussières)
Floats, bands, firefighters, costumed characters and yes, Santa Claus himself will be marching down Stittsville Main Street on the evening of Saturday, November 28.
Here’s what you need to know:
WHO ORGANIZES IT? The annual Parade of Lights is organized by the Stittsville Village Association, with lots of help from community volunteers including the Stittsville Lions Club.
WHEN AND WHERE IS IT? The parade starts at 6:00pm on Saturday, November 28 from the OCDSB property at Stittsville Main Street and Neil Avenue (across from Brown’s Independent), and will follow the traditional route down Stittsville Main Street to Carleton-Cathcart Street (a couple blocks south of Abbott). The parade usually lasts 60-90 minutes.
ARE THERE ROAD CLOSURES? Yes, starting around 5:30pm along the parade route on Stittsville Main Street. Roads re-open after Santa has passed through, with the last re-opening around 8:30pm.
CAN I BRING ANYTHING? As in past years, the Stittsville District Lions Club will be collecting donations along the route of the parade for the Stittsville Food Bank. Spectators may make donations of cash or items of non-perishable food.
ANYTHING ELSE GOING ON? After the parade, Santa will be at Village Square Park (Stittsville Main @ Abbott) where the trees will be lit to welcome in the holiday season. To help the celebration, there will be Christmas music, hot chocolate, and cookies supplied by Farm Boy. The Lions will also be preparing the lighting on the trees in the park.
CAN I VOLUNTEER? Yes! Volunteers are still needed to man barricades along the route and for set-up and tear-down. Contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.