Bright Lights But No Candy Bites: West Nipissing’s Parade of Lights Prioritizes Safety

As the holiday season approaches, West Nipissing is abuzz with the return of its beloved annual Parade of Lights, scheduled to cast a festive glow on Friday, December 1, 2023. Santa Claus himself is slated to headline the event, which has become a cornerstone of the community’s holiday celebrations.

Residents and visitors alike are on the edge of their seats, as the float registration details are set to be unveiled shortly. The parade, known for its dazzling display of creativity and holiday spirit, invites local businesses, organizations, and groups to contribute to the vibrant tableau that will navigate the town’s streets.

In anticipation of the event, the town council has issued a reminder to all attendees to help ensure a seamless and safe experience. To facilitate unobstructed views and the safe passage of the floats, parking will be restricted along the parade route throughout the evening’s festivities. The parade is scheduled to commence at 6:30 PM, starting from the corner of John and Clark Streets and will make its merry way through Michaud, Ethel, King, and Queen Streets.

In a significant shift from tradition, the parade organizers have announced that there will be no distribution of candies or handouts this year. The decision, rooted in safety concerns and insurance liabilities, aims to prevent the risks associated with children and spectators stepping into the path of the moving floats and vehicles. This measure is a proactive approach to ensure that the event remains a joyous and incident-free celebration for everyone.

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