COLD LAKE – Old St. Nick’s visit to the City of Cold Lake will look a little different this year.
A modified Santa Claus Parade will be held on Friday, Nov. 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to ensure physical distancing, and that the city is adhering to the provincial COVID-19 health restrictions.
The reverse parade will have decorated floats and displays along 50th Ave., while spectators will drive a designated route to view Santa and those who are participating.
“It’s important that we are able to bring Santa and the Christmas floats back to Cold Lake for the kids this year, but we must do it safely,” said Mayor Craig Copeland in a press release. “By avoiding groups of people gathering together on the sidewalk we can reduce the potential for virus spread, and families can enjoy the sights and sounds of the parade from the comfort and warmth of their vehicle.”
Spectator vehicles will enter 50th Ave. Eastbound from Hwy. 28 and follow the route northbound on 49th St. Static floats and displays will be parked facing west on 50th Ave. And facing south on 49th St.
Road closures will be in effect on 50th Ave. From Hwy. 28 to 49th St. And 49th St. From 50th Ave. To 54th Ave. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Anyone interested in registering a float can do so online at www.coldlake.com and completed forms can be dropped at the Energy Centre or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Float registrants should be aware when decorating that the left or ‘drivers' side’ of their float will be most visible to parade-goers.