The annual Santa Claus Parade organized by the Kinsmen Club of Moose Jaw is one of the city's holiday season highlights, and this will be the first year since that pandemic that the parade will resume its accustomed route.
Don't miss out this Sunday, Dec. 4!
The parade route begins at 6 p.m. at the Town 'N Country Mall and will go down Main Street, turn right onto High, and end in the parking lot of the Moose Jaw Events Centre.
The Kinsmen ask that anyone who has the means bring a non-perishable food item. The Moose Jaw & District Food Bank will be picking up donated food items from the Events Centre parking lot at the end of the event.
Children should have their letters to Santa ready to go, because Canada Post will be picking those up at the end of the parade, too.
Kids will have the chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus after the parade. There will be cookies and hot chocolate ready to keep them warm while waiting.
Parade chairperson Kirk Olson said nearly 50 floats will be in the parade. Last-minute applications are still being accepted.
The Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce are co-ordinating parade floats. Email the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two important rules for parade floats and participants — first, only one Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus can be in the parade. The Kinsmen take care of that appearance themselves. Secondly, the holiday theme must be preserved.
“You have to have something Christmas going on with your float or your vehicle, you can’t just show up,” Olson said. “But we’ve had the Grinch and stuff like that, you know, hanging from the back of a tow truck, which was absolutely cool. If it has a Christmas theme, that’s all we ask.”