Parade of Lights 2011 Winners and Numbers
The 16th Annual Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights, presented by EastLink TV and Downtown Halifax Business Commission, was another great success on Saturday, November 19, 2011. The weather was perfect and the Parade brought out 100,000 spectators, who were entertained by more than 50 marching bands, majorettes, costumed walking groups and floats that lit up the evening. Over 90 volunteers helped make the event run smoothly and safely.
Floats were judged on creativity, use of lights and overall effect. The winners are as follows:
1st Place Float – Dalhousie School of Architecture’s glowing lanterns were inspired by decorative Christmas tree bulbs and made with sustainable materials.
2nd Place Float – Neptune Theatre portrayed a scene from their holiday show, The Jungle Book.
3rd Place Float – StoneRidge Fellowship had a preview of the production “This Very Night” celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Float Honourable Mention – Hearing Institute Atlantic with their “North Pole Hear Shop” gingerbread house.
Float Honourable Mention – Mi’kMaq Native Friendship Centre showcased a drumming group and community Indigenous members in traditional regalia walking and dancing.
The Walking Group Award was judged on creativity, costumes and energy:
Outstanding Walking Group – Society of Nova Scotia Baton had girls, aged 5-19, in uniform.
Honourable Mention Walking Group – Hal-Con had 40 participants in sci-fi, fantasy and anime costumes.
Many community groups also benefited from the generous audience. C100 and Empire Theatres collected 2,500 new, unwrapped toys for children in need. Q104 and FEED Nova Scotia collected $18,797 in cash donations and 3,273 kg in non-perishable food items along the Parade route. Canada Post collected 5,000 letters to Santa from children on his “good” list. The Chronicle Herald raised over $6,000 with their red, Rudolph noses for the Raise a Reader program, in support of family literacy.
For the fifth year in a row, EastLink TV provided live coverage of the Parade and will rebroadcast the event on November 26, December 3, 10, 17, and 24, at 2:00 pm. The show is also offered OnDemand.
The 16th Annual Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights was presented by EastLink TV and Downtown Halifax Business Commission, with support from: Halifax Regional Municipality, C100, Spring Garden Area Business Association, Park Lane, Scotia Square, Barrington Place, New Century Signs and Modu-Loc.
NEXT YEAR’S PARADE:
Next year’s 17th Annual Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2012.