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Fort Macleod hosts Santa Claus Parade

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Santa Claus arrives in southern Alberta during the 37th annual Santa Claus Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 in Fort Macleod.

The Christmas season officially kicks off Nov. 23-24 in Fort Macleod.
A two-day Christmas Festival and the 37th annual Santa Claus Parade bring thousands of people to the community each year.
Residents in the community of about 3,000 people are justifiably proud of the longstanding Christmas tradition.
“Little Fort Macleod has the largest Santa Claus Parade west of Toronto,” parade co-ordinator Ashley Nelson said. “That’s a pretty cool accomplishment.”
The parade attracts more than 100 entries each year and lasts about an hour from start to finish.
Organizers estimated about 12,000 people lined the historic town’s streets for the parade last year.
“It’s been going for 37 years,” Nelson said of the parade’s longevity. “That’s definitely something to be proud of.”
The Santa Claus Parade this year features the Calgary Round Up and Calgary Stetson bands, as well as Magrath Spirit of Alberta Band, Cranbrook Bugle Band and Calgary Children’s Home School Choir.
More than 100 other entries from businesses, local groups, neighbouring communities and other organizations add to the spectacle.
The Christmas Festival kicks off on Friday, Nov. 23 with the following activities:

  • Free beef on a bun 5-7 p.m. in the Devonian Walkway.
  • Wagon rides on Main Street.
  • Carolling and the lighting of the community Christmas tree at the west end of Main Street at 6:45 p.m.
  • Moonlight Madness late-night shopping promotion.
  • Allied Arts giant craft sale at the community hall.
  • Bonfires and petting zoo on Main Street.
  • Fireworks following the tree lighting.
  • The schedule for Saturday, Nov. 24 is as follows:

  • A-T Children’s Project pancake breakfast 9-10:30 a.m. on Main Street.
  • Allied Arts giant craft sale at the community hall continues.
  • 37th annual Santa Claus Parade at 11 a.m.
  • Rotary Auction at 2 p.m. at the Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange.
  • Free family movie Elf at the Empress Theatre at 2 p.m.
  • Family dance at 7 p.m. at the community hall.
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