Grimsby Santa Claus Parade 'full steam ahead' for December

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This winter, Grimsby’s Santa Claus Parade is returning to “normal,” according to town staff.

The 64th annual parade will return to its regular format, according to recreation supervisor for Grimsby, Trevor Ruzylo.

“We’re full steam ahead for Dec 4.,” Ruzylo said.

As a result of announcements made by the provincial government in late October, stating outdoor spectator events could return to regular capacity, the parade is now able to return to its original multi-float format.

“It feels like some sort of normal, whatever that is,” he said.

The evening parade, according to Ruzylo, is Grimsby's longest-standing recurring event.

“I think having that come back in mostly its traditional form, is really reassuring to the community and for town staff as well.”

Last year, the parade was changed from its classic style to a limited drive-thru experience for residents who visited different sites set up by the town.

This year, it is projected to return to its regular size, with approximately 80 floats. It's expected to bring thousands to the streets of downtown Grimsby.

Ruzylo said those visiting the parade are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, as part of a food drive for Grimsby Benevolent Fund.

Food items will be collected at the Peach King Centre, as well as by firefighters walking in the parade.

For more information on the parade, visit the website at www.grimsbyparade.ca.

Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News

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