Santa Claus is coming to town — on a new route
The 23rd annual Rotary Christmas Parade is set to go on Nov. 16, but this year there will be a twist.
The parade will flow backwards.
“This year it’s all about safety and accessibility,” Volker Kromm, a Lakehead Rotary Club member, said Wednesday.
The parade will begin at the Real Canadian Superstore parking lot and head north to the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium where Santa will be inside a heated tent.
“We tried to address the congestion and the safety features of the parade, so we are reversing the route,” said Kromm.
“By the time noon hour comes along, we have reversed the flow of traffic, and we will control it so it will end at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.”
The Auditorium, organizers said, is a great venue that fits with long-term plans for the parade.
“We are looking next year to possibly have children’s events with entertainment, magic acts and those things that really would appeal to young children,” said Kromm.
“And we can continue the party a lot longer,’’ he added.
People are already inquiring about the parade and Kromm said he expects the same quality floats as last year.
“We are really, really, really encouraging the Christmas theme this year, and appealing to the corporations to step it up,” he said.
The parade is to run from 10 a.m. to noon.
Kromm said he expects that some people will be a little reluctant to change.
“It’s been 22 years going in one direction, so it’s a bit of a change. I think some people will welcome it and some people will just have to make some adjustments to their thinking,” he said.