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Washago welcomes Santa

By Kristen Smith, Special to QMI Agency

Joslyn Miller was determined to see the Santa Claus Parade of Lights in Washago Saturday.

The 7-year-old had her tonsils out Friday, but encouraged her mom to take her and her sister, Lillian.

“She wouldn’t let us miss it,” said Mariann Miller, who got her daughters bundled up with blankets on lawn chairs to watch the floats and await Santa Claus.

Joslyn said her favourite part is “probably seeing all the lights.”

The Parkin family looked as if they belonged in the parade as they watched it with the hundreds gathered along Muskoka Street to watch about 35 floats go by.

Rider Parkin, 7, said he liked evening parades, because “you get to put on lights.” He had festive lights draped around his shoulders.

He especially appreciated seeing the Three Little Pigs-inspired float.

In its second year, chair of the parade committee Christine Hager said the parade is already becoming a tradition in the area.

“It’s just spectacular when a community comes together,” said Hager, who sits on the Washago Community Centre board.

“The caliber of floats this year was just incredible,” said Hager, who noted people were already asking whether there would be a Christmas parade again during the summer.

“It’s just growing like crazy,” she said.

Twitter: @journokristen


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