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Mild weather gives boost to Fort Macleod parade

Written by  By J.W. Schnarr
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The Grinch was waving hello to spectators at the Fort Macleod Santa Claus Parade, Nov. 26. He made an appearance with the Warner Haunted Mansion float. The Grinch was waving hello to spectators at the Fort Macleod Santa Claus Parade, Nov. 26. He made an appearance with the Warner Haunted Mansion float. Photo by Stephanie Labbe

The 35th Annual Fort Macleod Santa Claus Parade received an early gift of great weather and large crowds to usher in the holiday season Nov. 26.


The parade is the biggest event of the year for the town, and brings a large influx of people from neighbouring areas, including Lethbridge and Calgary.
This is good news for local businesses as it provides an injection into the local economy just as the holiday season is beginning to really get underway.
Aaron Ragon is a Fort Macleod resident who said this year’s parade was the best in years.
“For the past few years, we’ve been coming,” he said. “It was big. I think it’s one of the best ones we’ve been to in a while.”
Sarah McCrady is a geography student at the University of Lethbridge and originally from Okotoks. This was her first year attending the parade.
“I thought it was awesome,” she said. “Honestly, it surprised me just how big it was for such a small town. It was really nice. I really liked it.”
Samantha Macphee is a another U of L student who attended her first Santa Claus parade. Macphee is a kinesiology and education student from Calgary.
“I loved it,” she said. “I thought it was so good how they handed out candy and everything for the kids. I loved seeing all the floats. It was great to get into the spirit of Christmas.
“It was a really good experience.”
The parade marks the start of the holiday season for Fort Macleod, and was part of a larger weekend of Christmas events which included free food, late-night shopping, wagon rides, craft and bake sales, a pancake breakfast, free movies, a family dance, and photos with Santa.

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