Parade draws crowd from all over

Glenda Janes
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Santa, reinsheep highlight inaugural River Hebert Christmas celebration

RIVER HEBERT - If you build it, they will come!

And come they did, from far and wide to enjoy the first ever River Hebert Christmas parade, on Sunday, Nov. 25.

RIVER HEBERT - If you build it, they will come!

And come they did, from far and wide to enjoy the first ever River Hebert Christmas parade, on Sunday, Nov. 25.

Not only were the streets lines with excited residents of River Hebert and Joggins but people came as far away as P.E.I., Annapolis Valley, New Brunswick and as near as Amherst, Springhill and Oxford to watch River Hebert history in the making.

Its the most excitement I have seen in River Hebert for a long time, beamed resident Trudy Clinton.

Congratulations to the organizing committee, those who placed floats in the parade and to the community for supporting this wonderful parade and those who assisted at the fire hall afterwards. It was a fantastic parade, the community spirit is alive and well in River Hebert, commented participant, MLA Murray Scott, It was an honour to be asked to take part.

The past two years Christmas in River Hebert have been wonderful. First Santas Little Helpers and now an annual Christmas parade. Christmas has truly come to River Hebert. It made me believe in Santa even more. Cant believe it, it was absolutely gorgeous. We never expected it to turn out so great. I cant wait for next years, remarked local residents.

Even though the night was bitter cold, the excitement of a Christmas parade in River Hebert helped keep everyone warm inside.

And where else would you find 32 entries, the Grinch stealing a Christmas tree, A car crash involving a Christmas Tree, walking presents and Santa and his eight tiny reinsheep? But thats Christmas River Hebert, style.

The parade lined up at the River Hebert District High School and rolled along Main Street to the Rive Hebert Fire Hall.

Following the parade, everyone was invited to come in out of the cold and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, a chat with neighbors, a visit with Santa and wait for the announcement of the winning entries.

I think the hot chocolate and eggnog gathering at the fire hall was as exciting as the parade. It allowed you to visit with people, you never get to see, remarked resident, Shirley Comeau.

Great parade it proves that when people want to come together they can. It was great seeing the community having fun together and everyone so excited. People are already talking about next years and what they can put it. We are glad we were asked to take part and look forward to next years, said Cindy White, manager of the River Hebert Co-op

Everyone was amazed at the response to the event; it was a real community effort. The village was certainly alive with Christmas spirit, commented village commissioner Darrell Fagan. Way to go, River Hebert.

The winning entries were:

Wayne Downey

Susan & Mike Edwards

The Class of 2008, River Hebert District High School

Organizations: River Hebert District High School, River Hebert Co-op

Geographic location: River Hebert District, Joggins, Annapolis Valley New Brunswick Oxford Christmas Tree

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