East York Mirror
Make time for some 'Sugar Plum Fun' Sunday, Nov. 22.
That is the theme of this year's Hamper's Santa Claus Parade, hosted by Community Centre 55 and the Kingston Road Village's Business Association.
The parade begins at 1 p.m. and goes west along Kingston Road at Victoria Park Avenue to Walter Street.
In addition to the parade being "bigger and better than ever," according to Nancy Culver, special events and volunteer coordinator at Community Centre 55, the 40-float community event, which is now in its fourth year, will also feature a Sugar Plum Fairy with her own float.
Organizers hosted a Sugar Plum Fairy contest and Culver said the choice was hard but they were able to crown a winner.
"It's (the parade) going to be amazing," Culver said. "This year's theme is Sugar Plum Fun. We have a Sugar Plum Fairy who is going to be a honoured guest."
Three and a half year old Aurora Drygas, "wrote a submission, and her submission said she would be a good Sugar Plum Fairy, because 'she loves to sing and dance, and dress up like a fairy.'"
Culver said the weather is also cooperating. Organizers made a special weather request, and they got it with The Weather Network suggesting it will be a cloudless, sunny day with temperatures hitting 8 C.
After the parade, participants are invited to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and have their picture taken at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. There will be music, tree trimming, face painting and more.
The parade also kicks off Community Centre 55's 28th annual Share-A-Christmas program, which helps needy local families and individuals during the holidays.
Organizers are reminding parade-goers not to park along the parade route.