Two dozen “floats” lined Queen Street between Durham Market St. N and Lambton Street on Dec. 18, during Kincardine’s first, but perhaps not last, Christmas Stay-cation Parade.
The parade featured stationary displays created by local businesses and private associations. Santa was stationed in Victoria Park, ready to meet the young ones.
The stay-cation parade was the inspiration of Rachel MacKay, owner of First Impressions Salon & Spa. MacKay recruited volunteers and fellow business owners to participate when it was announced that the Kincardine parade would be run in conjunction with the Lucknow parade, in Lucknow.
Originally scheduled to run on Dec. 11, strong and gusty winds that eventually led to a complete power outage in the community, caused the event to be postponed for one week.
Displays could be viewed between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and for those who couldn’t make it downtown, was livestreamed at 5:30 p.m. Wheelchairs were also available for residents who couldn’t maneuver their way through the display on foot.
“Thanks everybody for coming down and supporting our community, and doing something great for holiday spirit,” said MacKay. “This was done with zero hours, zero dollars and lots of volunteers.”
A philanthropic element was added to the event, as people were encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food items to drop off locations at either end of the Queen Street shutdown. All donations will be donated to the Kincardine Food Bank.
Tammy Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent