Port Elgin BIA and friends say Ho Ho Ho

There will be no Port Elgin Santa Claus parade this year unless a new group steps up to run it as the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce board said staff burnout and increased risks mean it can only manage one parade annually, alternating between Port Elgin and Southampton, with the first parade in Southampton in December. Shoreline Beacon file photo

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There will be a Santa Claus parade in Port Elgin this year Nov. 23, organized by the Port Elgin BIA, in conjunction with Port Elgin Pumpkinfest and the Port Elgin Rotary Club.

Santa and his reindeer will thrill crowds Nov. 23 at 7 p.m., thanks to the Port Elgin Business Improvement Association (BIA), in cooperation with Port Elgin Pumpkinfest and the Port Elgin Rotary Club, will run the parade.

It was recently cancelled for this year when the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce voted to alternate parades between Port Elgin and Southampton, beginning this year.

“We didn’t want to have to wait until next year for Santa to pay a visit to downtown Port Elgin,” BIA Chair Tami Runstedler said, adding the theme is “Winter Wonderland.

A new parade route includes Goderich St. from Elgin St., south to Eugenie St.

“We heard feedback that the old parade route was too long, and we’re confident the shortened route will make it easier for everyone to enjoy the parade,” Runstedler said.

Information about parade float and band registration will be available soon, and full road closure and detour details will be posted prior to the parade.

Volunteers are needed to ensure the parade runs smoothly and safely. If you want to be Santa’s elf, register with the BIA via e-mail at portelginbia@gmail.com

For more information contact Tami Runstedler, 226- 220-2106.

 

 

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