Cobden parade cancelled

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Cobden -- The Santa Claus Parade, which has brightened the village in the Christmas season, has been cancelled.

For over 40 years, Cobden has hosted a Santa Claus Parade on the last Saturday of November. This year that would have been November 28, but due to COVID-19, it has been cancelled. It has been a family tradition for many to line the streets of Cobden, wave and smile at the float participants who in turn were happy to hand out treats. Participants and spectators also enjoyed the Renfrew Pipe Band and the local Legion members, as well as other floats, musical bands and choirs from the local school at the parade. Traditionally, after the parade Santa and Mrs. Claus met the children at the Whitewater Community hall.

However, this year, the community is being encouraged to look at a different way of anticipating the arrival of Santa. Unfortunately, due to Public Health Guide Lines, the parade is cancelled and organizers are encouraging the community to look forward to the 2021 Santa Parade.

As well, they remind those in the area there will be other ways of Celebrating Christmas. One idea is to visit the Cobden Christmas Barn located at the Farmers Market Building which is taking place going on Saturday and Sunday – 10 am – 4pm. As well, the Beavertail truck will be in town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – parked at the Main/Crawford Corner (November 27-29th). As well, business both on the Cobden Main Street, and Highway 17 will be in the Christmas Spirit. Other events include the lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Veterans Park – on Saturday, November 28th. The Cobden Recreation Association is also sponsoring a Christmas Lights Decorating Contest. Judging is not until the 30th of November to December 4th, but there should be lots of lights to enjoy.

Debbi Christinck, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader