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Volunteer firefighter pops the question at Parade of Lights

If you were standing in front of Quitters during last Saturday’s Parade of Lights, you might have seen a little bit of holiday magic. Josh Gibeault, a volunteer firefighter from Stittsville’s Station 81, proposed to his longtime girlfriend Megan Faulkner, a nurse at the Granite Ridge Care Community.

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PHOTOS: Parade of Lights electrifies Stittsville Main

Thousands flocked to Stittsville Main Street on Saturday night for the annual Parade of Lights, presented by the Stittsville Village Association. This year’s parade featured over 60 entries.  The weather was perfect, with snow on the ground but not too cold.

After the parade, Santa stuck around to help with the official tree lighting ceremony at Village Square Park, organized by the Stittsville Lions Club.  The Lions also walked the parade route collecting donations for the Stittsville Food Bank. There was even a marriage proposal by a firefighter during the parade!

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PARADE OF LIGHTS: Cut-off for entries, call for volunteers

The countdown is on for Santa’s arrival in Stittsville!  This year’s Stittsville Village Association Parade of Lights takes place on November 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm on Stittsville Main Street.

  • FLOATS & PARTICIPANTS: Cut-off for entries is at noon this Wednesday, November 23. Contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or email the Stittsville Village Association at stittsvillevillage@gmail.com
  • VOLUNTEERS: Organizers are still are looking for volunteers to stand at barricades along the route.This is a great volunteer opportunity for students, and it’s perfect for families too.  Volunteers stand at barricades along the parade route at each roadway, ready to move them in the unlikely event that emergency vehicles need to pass through. Contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or email the Stittsville Village Association at stittsvillevillage@gmail.com if you can help out!

The SVA’s annual Parade of Lights is a community favourite, drawing thousands of spectators along the parade route. Each year, dozens of beautifully decorated community floats set the tone for Santa’s much anticipated arrival at the end of the parade. Merry makers are also encouraged to stay for the lighting of Village Square Park, and to share in some hot chocolate and cookies.

The parade will proceed south on Stittsville Main Street, from just south of Hazeldean Road to Carleton Cathcart Street.


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Stittsville tween activist will marshal Ottawa’s Pride Parade

(PHOTO: Charlie Lowthian-Rickert on the Family Services of Ottawa/Gender Mosaic float at last year’s parade.)

Stittsville’s Charlie Lowthian-Rickert will be the Grand Marshal at this year’s Ottawa Pride Parade in downtown Ottawa.

Lowthian-Rickert, a ten-year-old student heading into Grade 5 this fall, is a passionate advocate for the rights of transgender, gender fluid, gender queer and intersex Canadians. Charlie was born in the body of a boy but has identified as a girl since she was a toddler. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Stittsville aglow with community spirit

Tiny tots and big kids young and old had eyes all aglow as they watched dozens of brightly lit floats travel down Stittsville Main Street for last night’s Parade of Lights.

Parade marshals were all winners of this year’sStittsville Appreciation Awards: Namitha Abraham (youth), Robin Derrick (senior), Cathy Skinner (Citizen of the Year). The Business winner was Brown’s Independent, who had one of the largest floats in the parade. Continue reading


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LIVE: Stittsville Parade of Lights in photos and tweets

(Also check out our official photo gallery from last night’s parade, featuring photos from Barry Gray: PHOTOS: Stittsville aglow with community spirit)

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Kanata’s Santa Claus parade is on Saturday, November 14

Kanata’s annual Santa Claus parade is on Saturday, November 14.  It starts at 10:00am at Terry Fox and Castlefrank, winding through Glen Cairn and ending at Hazeldean Mall.  Santa will be posing for pictures at the mall starting at noon.

ROAD CLOSURES: Terry Fox will be closed between Castlefrank and Winchester from 8:30am to 10:30am. Only vehicles involved in the parade will be allowed in the staging area along Terry Fox. Glen Carin Roads accessing the parade route above will be closed during the parade from 10 to 12.


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Still time to register a float in the annual Parade of Lights

Yes, Santa Claus is definitely coming to town and the Stittsville Village Association (SVA) is hoping to make his welcome the biggest and best ever.

Santa’s parade, in the evening of Saturday, November 28, will start at 6:00 pm from the OCDSB property at Stittsville Main Street and Neil Avenue and will follow the traditional route down Stittsville Main Street to Carleton-Cathcart Street. Along the route, there will be a special guest announcer welcoming this year’s participants.

After the parade, Santa will be at Village Square Park 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.

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. The Lions will also be preparing the lighting on the trees in the park.

Those organizations who wish to join in with a float and haven’t yet registered should contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or at jenkinsdm1@rogers.com.

 


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Volunteers needed for annual Parade of Lights on November 28

(Photo courtesy of Danielle Barabé-Bussières.)

The Stittsville Village Association has announced details about the  annual Parade of Lights, the community Christmas parade to be held this year on November 28.

From their web site:

The SVA’s annual Parade of Lights is a community favourite, drawing thousands of spectators along the parade route. Each year, dozens of beautifully decorated community floats set the tone for Santa’s much anticipated arrival at the end of the parade. Merry makers are also encouraged to stay for the lighting of Village Square Park, and to share in some hot chocolate and cookies.

The parade will proceed south on Stittsville Main Street, from just south of Hazeldean Road to Carleton Cathcart Street. There is no formal registration, just your commitment to participate, and in lieu of entry fees, participants are asked to consider a donation to the Stittsville Food Bank.

If you’d like to participate, please get in touch with your name and organization/business (contact info below). Full parade instructions will be sent out shortly along with a liability waiver which you will be asked to complete and return (fax or email). Please let us know as soon as you can whether you will be able to enter a float (indicating length overall, including the towing vehicle, if any) and whether you will be having music on board. When decorating, please keep in mind that this is an evening Parade of Lights, meant to highlight the festive season.

We are also in need of many volunteers to stand by traffic barricades along the parade route. Adults and youth are encouraged to volunteer. It’s a great way to take in the parade (you can stay with family or friends) and students can collect community service hours. Youth under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Thank you for helping to make this annual tradition a success!

Questions or confirmation of participation may be directed to:

Trudy Smith
Roxanne Bronsard
Marilyn Jenkins Ph: 613-836-5075 Fax: 613-836-1325


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PHOTOS: Stittsville Parade of Lights

This year’s Stittsville Village Association Parade of Lights featured over 50 entries, including a live donkey and Santa himself. Parade marshalls were Gertrude Brown (Stittsville Senior Citizen of the Year), Tyson Lefebvre (Stittsvillle Youth Citizen of the Year).

Send your photos to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca

Road closures due to Parade of Lights on Saturday evening

From the Stittsville Village Association:

Please note that there is a short road closure associated with the Parade of Lights November 29th. Please expect and plan around not being able to drive down or across Stittsville Main Street from as early as 5:30 pm to as late as 8:30 pm, although most likely, the road will be open again around 7:30-8pm. We appreciate your understanding, and please take the opportunity to enjoy the parade!

(More info about the parade.)


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Stittsville Parade of Lights is this Saturday, and they rather urgently need more volunteers

There’s an urgent need for volunteers at the Parade of Lights November 29 from 5:30pm until end of parade.

There are lots of tasks that you can help with, including standing by traffic barricades along the parade route. It’s a great way for students 16+ (younger may be accompanied by an adult) to gain community service hours while taking in the parade.

If you can help please contact the Stittsville Village Association.

Fore more info about the parade, click here.


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Santa’s coming to Stittsville on November 29

All photos by Danielle Barabé-Bussières

Come join your neighbours for Stittsville’s Annual Parade of Lights.

The parade will start at 6:00 pm on Saturday, November 29th on Stittsville Main Street

As a result Main Street will be closed to traffic from approximately 5:30pm to sometime between8:00pm & 8:30pm.

This promises to be the biggest and best parade yet with many new entrants and the return of many favorite participants.

Please plan on joining everyone at Village Square Park after the parade for cookies, proved by Farm Boy and hot chocolate. As well there will be a Christmas carol sing-a-long lead by special guests the Canadian Military Wives Choir and  the Grace Baptist Church choir.

More info about the parade…

Photo courtesy of Danielle Barabé-Bussières

Photo courtesy of Danielle Barabé-Bussières

Photo courtesy of Danielle Barabé-Bussières


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