At 6:15 pm on Friday, November 15th, cars and people began converging on 50 Avenue (Main Street) in Wetaskiwin and spectators began lining the entire parade route stretching from 53rd Street to 47th Street. All were picking strategic spots for the ‘best’ viewing of the Santa Claus parade planned and hosted by the Wetaskiwin Firefighters Social Club.
At approximately 6:30 pm the skies began releasing a gentle flow of snowflakes. By 6:45 pm when the first sirens announced the beginning of the parade, the flashing lights and decorated floats were augmented with the natural ambience of snow.
It was nineteen years ago a loyal group of community minded people led by Dot Brekke, decided Wetaskiwin and region needed a family orientated event to kick-off to the festive season. The inaugural Gingerbread and Glitter was planned and hosted and every year since then, Wetaskiwin has enjoyed a festival style launch to the holiday season. The Santa Claus parade has become an important component of announcing the official opening holiday season with the arrival of Santa Claus in the parade.
Thank you to the Wetaskiwin Firefighters Social Club for organizing the parade and going the extra mile by collecting gifts and food bank items along the parade route.