Santa and his reindeers visited the City of Wetaskiwin with the help of the Wetaskiwin Fire Department.
Wetaskiwin’s annual Santa Claus Parade looked a little different this year. Initially the parade was planned to only include Wetaskiwin Emergency Services members. The fire trucks, Peace officer and RCMP units would make their way through Wetaskiwin on a designated parade route released to the community in November and then would end at Wetaskiwin City Hall for photo-op opportunities with the parade units.
Following the provincial mandate banning all indoor and outdoor social gatherings the photo stop at City Hall was cancelled, but the parade was still on.
Residents were told not to gather on sidewalks and spectators not living on the parade route were to remain in their vehicles at all times to adhere to provincial gathering restrictions.
Starting at 6 p.m. on Dec.19, 2020 Fire trucks and other Emergency Responder vehicles lit up the streets, casting blue and red lights across the snow. Most of the Fire trucks were strung up with Christmas lights creating a dazzling display.
Sparky, the Wetaskiwin Fire Department’s mascot was pulled behind one of the trucks on a trailer with trees made out of lights waving to onlookers.
Santa Claus and his reindeers weren’t very far behind, his sleigh secured on top of one of the fire engines.
Although it may have been an unconventional Christmas parade, residents of Wetaskiwin agreed—that there was still Christmas spirit and magic in the air that night.