Time to float your boat in Amherst Christmas Parade

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Bill Lewis (left), Charlie Seymour, John McAllister, all three of which are co-chairmen on the Y’s Service Club committee, and Michelle LeBlanc of the downtown business advisory festivals and events committee, go over details of the Amherst Christmas Light-up, and Christmas Parade at Victoria Square. 

AMHERST – It’s the time of year when people are asked to deck their floats with boughs of holly for the 2012 Amherst Christmas Parade.

“We usually have 60 floats, and the parade is about two miles long and takes two hours to complete,” said John McAllister, co-chairman of the parade committee of the Cumberland Y Service Club.”

McAllister said parade entries are trickling in slowly and he hopes they speed up.

“People have been busy with Halloween, and hockey and other things around town, but hopefully registration will start to pick up now that Halloween has past,” he added.

The theme of this year’s parade is ‘A Storybook Christmas,’ and it begins Saturday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m.

The cost to enter the parade is free up until Nov. 20, and then from Nov. 21 to 24, the cost in $25.

The parade starts at Amherst Town Square, and McAllister said floats should arrive one hour before the 6 p.m. start time.

The parade follows South Albion Street to Church Street. It’s turn’s left on Church to Victoria Street. It turns right on Victoria Street and goes to Acadia Street, where it ends.

There are prizes for the best overall themed float, the best commercial float, the best charity or non-profit float and the best youth involvement.

Amherst Christmas festivities begin Friday, Nov. 23, with the annual Christmas light up at Victoria Square.

“The light up is 7 p.m. and then following the light up we proceed to the First Baptist Church,” said Michelle LeBlanc, of the downtown business advisory festivals and events committee. “There will be choirs performing at the first Baptist church, and then we go up to Dayles where there will be a celebration with the Sackville Citizens Band.”

Parade applications are available at town hall and Vogue Optical on Robert Angus Drive. They can also get them by emailing McAllister at john.mcallister@investorsgroup.com.

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

 

 

Organizations: Cumberland Y Service Club, First Baptist Church, Sackville Citizens Band

Geographic location: Victoria Street, South Albion Street, Church Street Acadia Street

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  • Fuzzy Bear
    November 05, 2012 - 08:18

    Love the parade...it gets even the old grinches into the Christmas mood. I wish the parade organizers would take one more thing into consideration this year. Last year we were on the Chamberlain St. side of Albion street down by the barrel laundramart because the cold wind would be at our backs. Once the santa float passed we attempted to cross Albion street to get back the other side so we could walk home. That was was like a baby turtle running a gauntlet of sea gulls or being in the running of the bulls.Cars were allowed to drive right up behind the santa float and many did so travelling bumper to bumper and not allowing people to cross anywhere.Yes, I know there are several crosswalks up and down Albion and even one by Chamberlain but for a special opccasion like this the police should be there to control this after parade traffic so people can cross. The people in the their nice warm cars certainly won't stop for a freezing pedistrian! We certainly have enough officers on our force to have a car or maybe two cars running behind this last float so they can control traffic and allow people to cross between them. I am sure it must e the same down Albion Street further as people line up on both sides there as well. Please do something before someone gets hit by a car trying to get home for their favorite TV show!!