The New Glasgow Christmas parade will be held on Sunday Nov. 17 this year. The theme of this year’s parade is the Music & Magic of Christmas where parade participants can get creative and decorate their float to represent Christmas or holiday songs.
This year’s parade is being presented by The Town of New Glasgow and New Glasgow Fire & Rescue
“This parade is a great way to bring the community together to enjoy this New Glasgow tradition. We hope the audience will be captured by the Christmas spirit and sing, dance and enjoy lots of music along with the parade participants,” explain Trevor MacDonald and Paula Munro-Fraser, Co-Chairs of New Glasgow Christmas Parade in a release. “We would also like to remind everybody that the parade has been a longtime supporter of the Pictou County Food Bank, with the drive organized by the New Glasgow Kinsmen Club and The News. The holiday can be an especially tough time for many and these donations are greatly appreciated by members of the community. Non-perishable food items will be collected from the curb side by Kinsmen volunteers.”
Honorary Grand Marshalls of the Parade will be the Volunteers of the New Glasgow Music Festival in recognition of this past year’s 75th anniversary of the festival, the longest running music festival of its kind in Canada.
“Music is a significant part of our town’s identity and character,” says Kim Dickson, New Glasgow’s Director of Marketing and Communications and member of the Christmas Parade Committee. “The Parade Committee wanted to recognize the outstanding contribution of the Music Festival to our community and its role in fostering and encouraging local talent while also enriching our quality of place.”
New Glasgow's Volunteer of the Year Phyllis O’Brien will be the special guest of New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan and his wife Carolyn in the Town’s heritage barouche, a horse drawn carriage.
The route starts at 2 pm at the grounds of the former John Brother MacDonald Stadium located at 530 Washington in New Glasgow and proceeds down East River Road, Archimedes Street, North Provost, Provost and concludes at the top of Stewart Street.
The parade is currently accepting registration for floats and participants. There is no registration fee but proof of insurance is required for vehicles in the parade. Stop by the New Glasgow Town Hall or New Glasgow Fire Department to register or email Cheryl Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parade organizers encourage schools, churches, community organizations, groups, sports teams and clubs to enter.