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Fort Macleod to host 32nd annual Santa Claus Parade

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The 32nd annual Santa Claus Parade will launch the 2013 Christmas season in Fort Macleod on Saturday, Nov. 30.

“Candy Land Christmas” is the theme of the annual Fort Macleod Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Nov. 30.
The 32nd edition of the parade will kick off the Christmas season at 11 a.m. with marching bands, floats and other colourful entries.
The hour-long parade on Second Avenue and Main Street is the centerpiece of the Fort Macleod Christmas Festival, which includes late-night shopping, carolling, arts and craft sales, a fund-raising auction and a family dance.
Friday, Nov. 29
The 2013 Christmas Festival gets under way at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 with the Moonlight Madness late night shopping event.
The Fort Macleod Hospital Auxiliary will hold its fund-raising bake sale from 6-10 p.m. at the Fort Macleod RCMP Centennial Library.
Free wagon rides on Main Street will be sponsored from 6:30-9 p.m. by Young Parkyn McNab, the Chamber of Commerce.
Fort Macleod Allied Arts gets its annual Giant Christmas Craft sale under way at 6 p.m. Friday at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall. The sale continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30.
People are urged to gather at the west end of Main Street at 6:45 p.m. Friday for carolling and hot chocolate, followed by the lighting of the community Christmas tree by Fort Macleod Mayor Rene Gendre.
The Fort — Museum of the North West Mounted Police will hold its annual Yuletide Fest at 7 p.m. Friday, continuing Saturday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30
Parade day kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday with a pancake breakfast at the corner of Third Avenue and Main Street. Proceeds go to the A-T Children’s Project, whose volunteers will run the breakfast.
The Santa Claus Parade is the centerpiece of Fort Macleod’s Christmas Festival and it gets under way Saturday at 11 a.m.
The parade, which last year attracted more than 100 entries, will make its way north on Second Avenue before turning east on Main Street.
Bands taking part are Calgary Stampede Show Band, Calgary Arts Academy, Bishop Grandin Marching Ghosts, Calgary Stetson Band, Calgary Round-up Band, Raymond Junior-Senior Percussion Ensemble, Sophmore Jakes and Pangea Steel Band.
Following the parade, Fort Macleod Knights of Columbus will operate their Food Barn as a fund-raiser from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish Hall. The Knights will serve chili, beef-on-a-bun, hot dogs, smokies and homemade pie.
Children can get their photo taken with Santa from 12:15-1:30 p.m. at The Macleod Gazette on Main Street. The Macleod Gazette runs Pictures With Santa as a fund-raiser, with proceeds donated to Fort Macleod Kids First Family Center. There is no fee, but donations are accepted.
Fort Macleod Legion and Family and Community Support Services will host a free family movie at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Empress Theatre.
The Rotary Club of Fort Macleod will host its annual fund-raising auction of items donated by the community at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Midnight Stadium Agriplex. All proceeds are spent on community projects.
There is a family dance from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall, sponsored by Hand In Hand Out of School Care.
The weekend wraps up with the annual Rotary Carol Festival at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 at F.P. Walshe school.

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