The drive by Sundridge to hold a significant Santa Claus Parade is gaining steam.
Councillor and chair of the Santa Claus Parade Committee Barbara Belrose says $6,000 is budgeted for the event.
The budget also allows for miscellaneous business donations and a significant contribution is coming from Lakeland Holding Limited.
Company CEO Chris Litschko has told the council Lakeland will donate $1,000 toward the parade.
As for the $6,000 struck by the parade committee, Belrose says it's hoped the entire amount can come from contributions from area municipalities.
Belrose has Sundridge's share as $2,000 and the council has agreed to put up that dollar amount as its donation.
Letters requesting donations from nearby municipalities went out a few weeks ago.
The budget shows Strong Township is being asked to contribute $2,000 while Joly, Magnetawan, South River and Machar are each being asked to donate $500.
Belrose told her council colleagues that “Machar is definitely on board and wants to make a sizable donation."
The committee is now waiting to hear back from the other councils as they deal with the donation request at their respective meetings.
Belrose says the budget is as large as it is because a considerable amount of money has to be spent on materials.
However, she points out these expenditures are one-time expenses because items like costumes, Santa hats and elf costumes will be safely stored away for the next parade.
The biggest expense is going toward lumber and materials at $2,000.
A further $1,500 will be spent on the sleigh/reindeer rental.
Belrose says there's a possibility a photographer (Kate Hood Photography) may be at the parade but adds this is not going to cost the Village anything.
“She's doing it for her own business and she'll make sales for (photo) packages later,” Belrose said.
The parade committee is also setting aside $1,000 for the various groups taking part in the parade such as the Legion Band and Shriners.
Belrose says it's important to start planning for the parade now rather than wait to try and organize it in the fall.
Council unanimously endorsed the $2,000 donation and after the vote Mayor Lyle Hall said he was “sure it's going to be another successful project."
COVID-19 forced the cancellation of numerous Santa parades last year, including the annual parade in Sundridge, and now the community is trying to stage a major comeback.
Rocco Frangione is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.
Rocco Frangione, Local Journalism Initiative, The North Bay Nugget