Santa Claus Parade

Santa Claus Parade

Conception Bay South Santa Claus Parade is taking a new Route this Year

Santa Claus is coming to town, but his reindeer are taking a new route.

This year marks the inaugural Conception Bay South Santa Claus Parade, hosted by the Town of Conception Bay South. The parade is taking place on Saturday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. and will travel through the downtown area, leaving from Villanova Junior High and ending at the Conception Bay South Town Hall.

During the parade, non-perishable food items will be collected for the CBS / Paradise Community Food Bank. Letters to Santa will also be collected.

The rain date for the parade is Sunday, December 8.  


Roads will be closed to traffic at 10:00 a.m. and will be re-opening after the parade procession has gone past each street. 

  • Neils Line (re-opens approx. 10:15 a.m.)
  • Manuels Arterial Road (re-opens approx. 10:20 a.m.)
  • Easons Road (re-opens approx. 10:20 a.m.)
  • Cherry Lane (re-opens approx. 10:30 a.m.)
  • Jetta Place (re-opens approx. 10:30 a.m.)
  • Dawsons Run (re-opens approx. 10:30 a.m.)
  • Villa Nova Road (re-opens approx. 10:40 a.m.)
  • Tobins Road (re-opens approx. 10:40 a.m.)
  • Elliotts Place (re-opens approx. 10:40 a.m.)
  • Coffee Creek Place (re-opens approx. 10:45 a.m.)
  • Bishops Road (re-opens approx. 10:50 a.m.)
  • Talcville Road (re-opens approx. 10:50 a.m.)
  • Bentley Place (re-opens approx. 10:50 a.m.)
  • Noseworthys Lane (re-opens approx. 11:00 a.m.)
  • Matthews Place (re-opens approx.11:00 a.m.)
  • Searles Place (re-opens approx. 11:00 a.m.)
  • Anchorage Road (re-opens approx. 11:00A.M.)
  • Greenslades Road (re-opens approx. 11:00 a.m.)
  • Belway Pl (re-opens approx. 11:05 a.m.)
  • Alpine Place (re-opens approx. 11:05 a.m.)
  • Perrins Road (re-opens approx. 11:05 a.m.)
  • Pottles Lane (re-opens approx. 11:10 a.m.)
  • Dicks Place (re-opens approx. 11:15 a.m.)
  • Country Path Road (re-opens approx. 11:20 a.m.)
  • Conways Brook Road (re-opens approx. 11:20 a.m.)
  • Kiddy Ads Turn (re-opens approx. 11:30 a.m.)
  • Braeside Lane/Rideouts Road (re-opens approx. 11:30 a.m.)

Also, please note that Swimming lessons at the Recreation Complex will be cancelled on Saturday, December 7, between 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. only. All other programming will proceed as per the normal schedule.

There will be a free shuttle service for the parade. Shuttles will travel every ten minutes and will operate from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

West Line Blue
The parking and pick-up locations are at the Conception Bay South Arena and the old RONA building. Bus drop-off locations along the route, for watching the parade, are listed below. Once the parade is over, please hop on the blue line to receive a drive back to your parking spot.

East Line Red
The parking and pick-up location is at Topsail Elementary. Bus drop-off locations along the route, for watching the parade, are listed below. Once the parade is over, please hop on the red line to receive a drive back to your parking spot.

Accessible Busing
Anyone requiring accessible busing may contact the Town to arrange a separate wheelchair accessible bus, upon request only.

 

Sensory Friendly Zone

This area will be from the middle of the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot to the CBS Public Library.

Anyone in the community may stand in the sensory friendly zone.  In this area, there will be no sirens, no flashing lights, and no horns sounding.  Any music being played from floats will be turned down to a lower volume. There is no specific parking for anyone looking to view the parade in the sensory friendly area.

Accessible Parking

Accessible Parking will be available at TD Canada Trust (outside of the Sensory Friendly Zone) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union (within the Sensory Friendly Zone).  Spaces in both of these lots will be available to spectators with a Blue Accessible Parking Permit.  These areas is within close proximity to the parade route for viewing from the roadside.  Lots will be filled as spaces permits and will be monitored.

Accessible Viewing

For spectators with more specific accessibility needs, the Town will offer accessible viewing from the lot shared by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and CB Auto.  In this area, spectators  can park and watch the parade from their vehicle.  The use of this area is by registration only by calling the Town at 834-6500 ext. 601.  A Blue Accessible Parking Permit will be required. Lot will be filled as space permits and will be monitored.  This location is within the Sensory Friendly Zone.












All floats, drivers, and parade participants shall comply with all measures as outlined here.

Parade Logistics

1. The parade will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:00 am.
2. The deadline to register a float is November 27, 2019.
3. The parade will occur, weather permitting. A decision will be made at 8:00 am on parade day. This decision will be posted at www.facebook.com/conceptionbaysouth.
4. Inclement Weather Date – Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 10:00 am

Parade Route

1. Line up will begin at Villanova School / Villanova Parish parking lot at 9:00 am. All entries are responsible for their own participants and locating your entry in the lineup. Location in parade lineup will be advised onsite. All entries must check in with parade staff from 9:00 am to 9:45 am. Entries arriving after 9:45 am may not be permitted access to the parade.
2. Line up site will be limited to float and participant access only. No parking will be available at this location.

Float and Participant Guidelines

1. All entries must display a festive theme and should be fully decorated.
2. All floats must be decorated in good taste. There will be many children in the crowd. No signs of alcohol, tobacco, drugs or profanity will be permitted.
3. No float may include Santa Claus, as he will be at the end of the parade.
4. Floats may not exceed 10 feet in width and 13.5 feet in height. Trailers should not exceed 52 feet in length.
5. Entries may use sound amplification for musical purposes, but not for addressing the audience. No speeches, campaigning please. Please note, to make the parade more accessible to all residents, there will be a quiet area from Cherry Lane lights to the CBS Public Library in which no sirens may sound and music should be turned down to lower levels. The only exception to this will be emergency vehicles on route to an official emergency.
6. All participants on bike, motorcycle, scooter, etc. must wear a helmet. All operators must remain in their designated section of the parade and may NOT weave throughout.
7. Any entries involving animals must be prepared to clean up after their animals.

Float and Participant Safety

1. Safety is very important – please ensure you and your passengers are safe at all times. All entries are responsible for ensuring that the design and operation of their float /entry is safe and reliable.
2. Float drivers shall be vigilant for the safety of all persons riding in or on the parade float they are responsible for.
3. Float drivers shall be extremely vigilant of parade bystanders and observers along the side of the parade route, and shall stop the unit immediately if bystanders are impinging on the roadway and possibly posing a vehicle/pedestrian hazard.
4. For the safety of all, no materials may be thrown into the audience from the parade route. This includes candy, flyers, literature, etc. If your group would like to pass out treats/candies/etc, it must be done person – to –person. There is to be no throwing of items.
5. The pace of the parade will be set by the lead car. The maximum speed of vehicles SHALL NOT exceed that of the walking pace for all persons or organizations participating in the parade. Groups are expected to maintain this speed throughout the parade.
6. No one may get on or off a float once the parade has started along the parade route.
7. Copies of your float driver’s License and Vehicle Insurance are required to be submitted prior to the start of the parade. These documents will also be required to be on person the day of the parade.
8. All vehicles must be in good mechanical condition and properly serviced prior to the parade. Special attention should be paid to cooling and exhaust systems, brakes, steering and tires.
9. Floats carrying passengers must have safety rails, and an adult must accompany children for each float.
10. It is highly recommended for all floats and groups to include safety marshals to accompany their entry. Marshals must wear a Class 2, Level 2 safety vest. For any groups passing out or collecting materials, marshals are MANDATORY. Safety vests may be requested from the Town if necessary.
11. Float drivers will follow the route as directed by parade staff.
12. Float drivers shall be observant for emergency vehicles responding to actual emergencies, and shall stop their vehicles immediately until the emergency vehicle has cleared their individual float / group.
13. Dress warmly and prepare for any kind of weather. Bring extra blankets and warm clothing, especially for younger children.
14. The Town reserves the right to refuse participation of any float or group that may pose a health and safety risk to themselves or others.


Further Information

The parade was previously organized by the Kiwanis Club of Kelligrews and took a different route. This year, the Town is organizing the event and has made changes to create a safer parade, which was recommended by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC).

The Town only recently became involved, and in partnership with the RNC, worked as quickly as possible to get many approvals in place, including a provincial road closure, to ensure the safest parade possible for our residents.

“Together with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, we have made changes to enhance the safety of everyone involved – the participants and spectators. We have shortened the distance and will now have a 4-lane road closure in place. Each year, the Santa Claus parade creates a lot of happiness, energy, and excitement throughout our entire town. By gathering our community together in the downtown core, we hope to create a growing sense of community bond and holiday spirit. I would like to thank the Kiwanis Club of Kelligrews for everything they have done over the last several years to organize such an important, highly-anticipated event in our community,” said Mayor Terry French.

“The Santa Claus parade is a joyous event for our communities, and most importantly, our children. The ability to take proactive measures to ensure the safety of spectators and participants is imperative to contributing to the success of the event. We look forward to joining the Town of Conception Bay South in the 2019 event, and we wish everyone a happy and safe start to the holiday season,” said Inspector Alex Brennan, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

Many parades are a similar distance in length, including neighbouring municipalities’.  A shorter route may encourage more people to participate, such as dance groups, marching bands, and more children.

Questions?

Call: 834-6500 ext. 601
E-mail: recreation@conceptionbaysouth.ca

 

 

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