On Friday, November 24, 2017, the City of Cold Lake held their annual Santa Claus Parade. The float route started near the Cold Lake South Fire-Rescue Station, went down 50 Avenue, and ended near 49 Street.
“There were 51 floats in this year’s Santa Claus Parade,” stated Alana Pegg, Community Event Programmer at the City of Cold Lake. Participants in the parade included businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, schools, and sports teams. Some people came dressed as elves, Christmas trees, and Charles Dickens characters. Several dogs were dressed in lights. A Cold Lake group from the Girl Guides of Alberta carried a decorated canoe.
Santa Claus was on the City of Cold Lake float with Cold Lake’s famous Kinosoo Fish, but he also mingled with people in the parade. Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland was handing out candy to onlookers, and Sparky the Cold Lake Fire-Rescue mascot was waving to the crowd from the top of a firetruck. After the parade ended, the public was invited to the Cold Lake Energy Centre for a visit with Santa.