Chilliwack will come alive with the lights and sounds of the holiday season as the annual Rotary Christmas Parade makes its way through the streets of downtown on Saturday, Dec. 1.
For the first time ever, the parade will be livestreamed on chillTV.ca for those unable to attend, allowing viewers to soak up the atmosphere in real time.
“This is a real benefit for the public, participants, and sponsors of the event” said Peter Duhalt, chair of the parade organizing committee. “The parade will be totally accessible to everyone on the night – and after the event it will be a tangible reminder for the participants and their families – because so many people put so much effort into their entries.”
This is the sixth year for the Rotary Christmas Parade. The three Rotary clubs of Chilliwack took over organizing the annual parade in 2013.
Vehicles wrapped in colourful lights, martial arts demos, people on horseback, and dogs in Santa suits are all some of the entertaining things the Christmas parade has seen in past years.
This year includes many entertaining participants including: Correctional Services Canada Community Pipes and Drums (Pacific Region), Sardis Senior Secondary School Drum Line, rock band Not Mentally Prepared, Main Street Church Band and singers, and Skwah First Nation Chilliwack Landing Preschool and Kindergarten who will be drumming and singing.
Students at G.W. Graham have been busy building Santa’s sleigh and float — watch for some very special reindeer that will be guiding his sleigh.
Leaving from the Landing Sports Centre on Spadina Avenue, the parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and continues along Corbould Street to Wellington Avenue towards Five Corners. It then goes west on Yale Road, along Princess Avenue, down Mary Street and back onto Spadina for its final stretch.
Prior to the start of the parade, participants and volunteers will be entertained by the Chilliwack Community Band in Evergreen Hall.
Come join your friends and neighbours who will be lining the streets of downtown Chilliwack to herald in the Christmas season and welcome Santa. The annual Rotary Christmas Parade in downtown Chilliwack is Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m.
More details about the parade are available at www.chilliwackchristmasparade.com.