Stittsville Main Street became a river of Christmas lights last Saturday as the floats in the annual Christmas Parade of Lights flowed along the street, spreading their seasonal brightness and joy to the hundreds lining the banks of this river of light.
Once again this year, the Re/Max float with its periodic “hot air balloon” releases of flames into the night sky wowed the onlookers along the parade route who not only basked in the glow of the flames but also felt its warming impact.
But there were so many glittering floats among the over 50 entries in the parade, filled with happy riders waving and sending out Christmas greetings or also decorated with inflated charters like snowmen, Santa Claus and reindeer.
Indeed, the Deschenes Poitras Dental Centre float featured a giant white reindeer and when we say giant, we mean huge, huge.
But the parade also featured music provided by some of the floats. The Paul Rushforth Real Estate float with its cabin and flashing “sold” sign had the added attraction of music such as “Run, Run Rudolph.” It was not the only float with music – City of Ottawa councillor Shad Qadri’s flatbed float also featured music as did the seasonally-decorated Giant Tiger train float with the catchy “Jingle Bell Rock.” The Main Street Community Services float also featured music, as did the radio float of the Jump 106.9 station. The Stittsville Legion float also had a music component as did the Stittsville Minor Hockey Rams float.
Once again this year, the Brown’s Your Independent Grocer float was a showstopper with its size, its lights and its music.
Santa Claus, riding in the bucket of an Ottawa Fire Services ladder truck, was the final entry in the parade, waving to one and all as he moved along Stittsville Main Street.
It took 45 minutes for the parade to leave the Ottawa Carleton District School Board’s depot property on Stittsville Main Street starting at 6 p.m. and head south on a Stittsville Main Street lined with onlookers. The parade route ended at Carleton Cathcart Street where St. Thomas Anglican Church is located.
Among the other floats and entries in this year’s Stittsville Parade of Lights which was again organized by the Stittsville Village Association included those of the Arnprior Pipes and Drums; Rona, Lowes, St. John Ambulance, federal MP Pierre Poilievre, the Community Bible Church with four musicians playing and singing on the float, Kanata Ford, Wine Villa, The Renovator with a float featuring an inflated Snoopy and a host of candy cane lights, St. Stephen Catholic School, Westwind Public School, Paul Davis Systems Restoration, the Facilities Department of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, the Holy Spirit Parish Knights of Columbus, Stittsville Beavers, Stittsville United Church with a float featuring angels and stars, the Stittsville District Lions Club float, the Stittsville Scouting Float, the Specialty Care Granite Ridge van, an Adam Kittle Snowplowing tractor, an Ontario Provincial Police vehicle with lights flashing, Dragonluck Kennels, Markham Flooring, Drain All with a tank truck, Kodiak Snowblowing, Ecole Jean-Paul II, the Ottawa Carleton Lifeskills van, the radio station Boom 99.7 entry, Rental Village, Guardian Angels Catholic School with lit angels on the rear corners of the float, Metal Supermarket, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, a Air One Mechanical Services truck, Stittsville Child Care Centre, Brown Bear Day Care, the vintage Goulbourn fire truck with a snowman in a bubble riding atop it, and several Ottawa Fire Services vehicles with their lights flashing and sirens sometimes sounding.
The Stittsville District Lions Club had a trailer float in the parade in which to place non-perishable food items which were collected by Lions Club members as they walked alongside the trailer. These donated food items were being collected for the Stittsville Food Bank.
Members of the Stittsville District Lions Club also walked along the parade route collecting monetary donations for the Food Bank.
Following the parade, the centre of attention shifted to Village Square Park where there was entertainment and where the Christmas lights which have been placed in the tree branches at the park were switched on for the first time, marking the beginning of the Christmas season in Stittsville.
These lights are maintained each year by the Stittsville District Lions Club members.