Smithville Christmas In The Village Parade

This HD video of the entire 2010 Smithville, West Lincoln, Ontario Christmas Parade was recorded on November 27, 2010. The theme for the 2010 Christmas Parade was "The twelve days of Christmas". Running Time 1 Hour, 3 Minutes, 18 seconds.

The video begins with warm-up performances by each of the following marching bands: The 713 Thunderbolt Squadron (Stoney Creek), M.M. Robinson High School Drum Line (Burlington), 62 Phantom Squadron (Grimsby), and The Dundas Pipes. The actual parade begins 16 minutes into the video so these warm-up performances are about 3-4 minutes each.

Also featured in the parade is a heavy metal rock band "Non-Fiction" playing an old favorite, "Rockin' around the Christmas tree" in their own unique "Punk Rock" style.

Real life cartoon look-a-like "Pop-Eye" (Denne Kornechuk) who also appears as the grand marshall in the annual Chester Illinois "Pop-Eye Parade" is also on hand.

And the list goes on; Expressions Dance Company, Grimsby Pipe Band, Smithville Christian High School Band, Shriners Club Of Hamilton Oriental Band, and more....

The Smithville Christmas In The Village Parade committee for 2010 was as follows: Dave Willis - Chairman, Wendy Joyner - Secretary, Kim Fisher - Treasurer, Art Kool, Brad Willis, Bernie Laidman, Julie Druery, Kathy Wetselaar, Jean Nicholls, Tom Nicholls, Doug Dawson, Sheena Swierenga and the Honourary Parade Marshall was Jim Green

Video-taped and edited by Michael Saunders, michael.saunders@rogers.com / Electronically mastered by Kevin Fraser, kevin.fraser@gmail.com

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Smithville Christmas In The Village Parade

Michael James Saunders

Each year the Town of Smithville, West Lincoln, Ontario, Canada has an annual Christmas parade with many floats, antique cars, and of course Santa Claus.

November 26, 2011 2:00pm
Smithville, Ontario 2011

To all Possible Parade Participants

The…


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Each year the Town of Smithville, West Lincoln, Ontario, Canada has an annual Christmas parade with many floats, antique cars, and of course Santa Claus.

November 26, 2011 2:00pm
Smithville, Ontario 2011

To all Possible Parade Participants

The Smithville "Christmas in the Village" Parade Committee would like to invite your business, group or organization to participate in the 20th annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 26, 2011. The Parade starts at 2:00 p.m. SHARP from the Community Centre (Arena) and proceeds along Regional Road #20 (old Highway #20) to the Industrial Park Road. We set up the parade from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

The parade route will be ‘closed to all vehicle traffic’ from 1:30 PM until approximately 3:30 PM, so ensure you and your entrants are at the Fairgrounds by 1:00 PM.

The theme this year is "Christmas Characters". Please make arrangements for your float now and remember not to have Santa Claus on the float, as we want him, Mrs. Claus and his helpers to be on the very last float to build up the anticipation for the children.

Please notify me on or before November 18, 2011, if you plan to have a float, so we can reserve your spot. Please tell us something about your float for the commentators announcing each float (25 words or less on the participant information form). Plan to car-pool to the Fairgrounds, as the Arena parking lots get clogged up with cars and entries. The Parade should last approx. one hour and thirty minutes. There will be prizes for the top three non-commercial floats and trophies for the top three commercial floats.

There are also prizes for the best three Children’s groups, in costumes reflecting the theme, and the best 3 Religious entries. These can be marching groups or on a float.
Let's see some great imagination and let's all have a fun day.
Come be part of the Parade!!! Please call the undersigned to register.

Yours Truly

Dave Willis (905) 957-7577
Parade Chairman

PS – If you are a past participant and experienced any problems, please let us know and we will try to ensure that you don’t have the same difficulty.

Parade Route

The route for the Santa Claus Parade is 1.4 km in Smithville.
We ask that all floats and participants be at the West Lincoln Community Centre (Arena) no later than 1:00pm. The Parade route will be closed to vehicle traffic at 1:30pm. The Parade begins at 2:00pm.

All band members must be present at the West Lincoln Community Centre (Arena) no later than 1:15pm.

In Retrospect: 2010 Parade Summary, November 27, 2010
Christmas in the Village – 2010 – The Twelve Days of Christmas
The day started with breakfast with Santa at the Smithville United Church. 150 visitors, donating 16 bags of foodstuffs, enjoyed breakfast. 50 children sat on Santa’s lap and told him of their wishes.

The Farmers market, craft, bake and craft sales went well.
The theme for 2010 Christmas parade was “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and boasted 76 entries. The Kin Club gave away 1500 cups of free hot chocolate. The parade took about one hour and 10 minutes to pass.

Approximately 6000 kids of all ages watched the parade, while some 600 plus, actually participated.

The Food Drive by the West Lincoln Firefighters collected 85 bags containing some 814 lbs of food for the local Food Bank. The West Lincoln Chamber of Commerce conducted a “Toy Drive’, and donated more than 85 toys to Community Care.
The day continued with activities at the Arena -‘The Art on Ice’, ‘Face painting’ and Free ‘Public skate’ were all well attended, and well received. Those in attendance consumed some 400 cups of hot chocolate and 600 Tim Bits.

The day finished with “This Christmas” concert by Brock Edwards at the United Church that saw some 200 lbs of food and $2,000 raised.

Thank you to the residents of West Lincoln for their participation in the all day event. This includes those who worked so hard in organizing the day, to those who participated with an entry and to those you watched the day’s events unfold.

Judging Of Christmas Parade Entrants
There are four judging categories: Commercial, Non-commercial, Religious, and Children’s Groups.

Floats Commercial (Business and Industrial) Plaques – First, Second, and Third.

Floats Non-commercial and Religious (Community, Organizations, Churches, Individuals, and Families. Prize Money – First, Second, and Third.

Best Children’s Group. Children can be walking or riding on a float.
Prize Money, First, Second, and Third.

Criteria For Judging

1. Originality 25 Points 25 points
2. Best use of colour 25 points 25 points
3. Added features (plus animation) 25 points
4. Showmanship on parade route 25 points

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