39th Annual Amherstview Lions and Loyalist Township Santa Claus Parade
On Saturday November 3rd in Amherstview Santa and Mrs. Claus bestowed their blessing on the 39th Annual Amherstview Lions and Loyalist Township Santa Claus Parade. The parade was headed by the Town Crier Bill McKee who rang a big brass bell with authority and personality. In spite of the windy, wet weather under every umbrella there beamed a smiling face.
Spirits ran high with excitement with the appearance of the many youth groups including Ernestown Secondary School, the Girl Guides and Brownies under Karen’s watchful eye, the Kingston Ringette Players, the Rhythm School Dancers, the 1st Point Pleasant Girl Guides and Brownies as well as the Amherstview-Bath Scouts/Cubs and Beavers.
Four bands graced the parade with familiar melodies: The Rob Roy Pipe Band, the Bay of Quinte ANAF Pipe and Drum Corps, the Brockville Steel Band and the Kingston Police Band. The uniforms and the sounds emanating from the bands conjured images from Ireland and Scotland. Anyone listening was in for a treat because these bands are among the best in the country!
The Amherstview Lions were grateful for the assistance of the Loyalist Township crew under the direction of Danzel Smith. These men worked diligently with the Lions and Mark Taylor to move Santa’s float with all his reindeer and the Amherstview Lions Float. Sore muscles abounded the day before the parade so that both floats were decorated in garlands of red inside a warm lighted garage thanks to Roger Colborne – Realty Source Commercial Division.
Harvey Emery with a chest full of medals is retired from the military and walked proudly in the parade. Anthony Taylor drove the Grand Marshal Wayne Weber with his lovely wife Rose Marie by his side. Mayor elect Lion Ric Bresee, Lioness President Maureen Birdsell, Lion President Carman Fisher as well as Zone Chair Ralph Boomhower were all part of the VIP contingent.
There were angels and magically they appeared in Amherstview on Saturday. The angels included Mark Taylor (of A+A Asphalt Inc.) who for years has provided his time and his truck to drive Santa and Mrs. Claus safely in the parade. Other angels drove 6 motorcycles as part of the organization that protects victims of child abuse and family violence. The angels of Trinity Presbyterian Church delivered 6 barrels of groceries to the Amherstview Lions Den so that there was food available for the Lions’ Christmas Hampers. Three elves placed candy canes in the hands of the children so that they would remain safe from the wheels of the vehicles. The Amherstview Jets in the twinkling of an eye stowed away both Lions Floats with such ease that it was a miracle to behold. Many angels of the Amherstview Lioness Club made delicious hot chocolate and scrumptious hot dogs provided for free by Foodland. These angels fed the hoard of people at no cost. The angels of the Loyalist Township Fire Hall drove a shiny new ladder truck that was glorious in its appearance. All of Amherstview sleeps better at night knowing that the firemen will protect everyone in the face of a dangerous fire. Like no angel we’ve ever seen the OPP led the parade with a siren and lights flashing so that all the floats, bands, youth groups, VIPs, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived safely at their destination. What a parade!
Submitted by the Amherstview Lions Club