18th Annual Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights 2013

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The 18th Annual The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights Presented by Eastlink and Downtown Halifax Business Commission was a success on Saturday evening, bringing out the largest crowd in years of over 100,000 people.

The mild temperatures had people lining from Upper Water Street to University Avenue as early as 4:00 pm to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus who was the highlight of the night. Over 75 local businesses and non-profit organizations participated in the Parade which featured marching bands, live performances, a range of holiday scenes and even some live animals. Close to 80 people volunteered to monitor the Parade route.

“We’re happy to see in its 18th year that the Parade attracts such a large number of spectators, participants and volunteers,” says Aaron Legge, Manager of Herald Events and Parade organizer.  “The floats and walking groups continue to impress and we can see that participants put a lot of work into their entries. Having a dedicated group of volunteers is really what makes this Parade happen each year and we’re grateful for that.”

In the spirit of holiday giving, spectators came with gifts and donations for the fundraising initiatives led by businesses and organizations participating in the Parade. FEED NOVA SCOTIA collected a record-breaking amount of food and monetary donations, with over 8,600 pounds of food and $24,749.47 in cash, which is over $10,000 more than last year’s total. The donations will support local food banks as demand increases over the holidays. C100 partnered with Cineplex for their annual Toy Drive which brought in close to 4,500 new toys for deserving children this holiday season. Over $14,000 was raised for the National Sport Trust Fund through sales of Red Noses by The Chronicle Herald and Scotiabank.

Eastlink TV provided live coverage of the Parade and will rebroadcast the event every Saturday at 2:00 pm until Christmas, and is available OnDemand.

The 18th Annual The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights Presented by Eastlink and Downtown Halifax Business Commission was supported by Halifax Regional Municipality, Sun Life Financial, Park Lane, Scotia Square, O’Regans Toyota, C100, New Century Signs and F1rst Fence.


For more information:
Emily LeBlanc
Coordinator, Herald Events
The Chronicle Herald
902-426-2811 x3618
eleblanc@herald.ca

 

VISIT THE OFFICIAL 18TH ANNUAL CHRONICLE HERALD HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS WEBSITE FOR ALL THE DETAILS.

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