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by Brad Aubin
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Everyone knows how busy Santa is this time of year, but he’s never too busy for his annual stop in West Nipissing for the Parade of Lights. 

As tradition holds, Santa and his many local friends took off from the West Nipissing Complex around 6:30 pm on Friday, Dec. 7, then paraded down Michaud, Ethel, King and finally Queen Streets, lighting up the downtown core before returning to the starting point.

Santa was accompanied by 28 other floats this year, gliding by thousands of happy viewers who lined the streets all along the route and cheered on the procession despite freezing temperatures. Little ones beamed with delight as brightly lit floats went by, many blasting cheerful Holiday tunes, some handing out candies and treats, and still others featuring popular characters and festive decor. Of course, the most anticipated float was the last, with Santa calling out Ho Ho Ho and greeting everyone along his way.

“I think the parade went really, really well,” says Lynn Duhaime, Coordinator of Community Services for West Nipissing. “We had lots of floats this year and everyone had a an absolute blast. It was really cold this year, so I feel like not as many people were out and about… especially lining the streets on the way to downtown, but the people who were there thoroughly enjoyed themselves!”

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