Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Spirit / 2014 Rotary Chilliwack Santa Parade

Having a blue Christmas?  Lacking that certain Christmas Spirit?  You need to come out to one of the many holiday events being held in our area of Chilliwack, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs. Events like the Rotary Christmas Parade which was held in downtown Chilliwack this past Saturday. Despite a steady rain drizzle, the streets were lined 5 people deep with the kids at the front. What fun!

Watching the parade on Wellington Ave.
The parade began at 5:30 p.m. and the magic continued for an hour and a quarter. A start and finish just right for families with babies/children to meet bedtime schedules.

The crowd, despite the rain, was in a very good mood and those on the floats were evidently having a fine time as well.

Hey, we're having fun on a Christmas Float
I had been asked by a Rotary member, buddy of mine, fellow Realtor© Ian Meissner, to help out with the photography. He would shoot the floats and I would take pictures of the crowd's reaction.  What a great assignment as it gave me a chance to talk to people along the route.  I was struck, once again, no surprise here, at how nice the people of Chilliwack are.

A special thanks should go to the Rotary clubs of Chilliwack and the City of Chilliwack whose financial support helped bring the Christmas Parade back in 2013.  The Christmas spirit is still alive and well in these Rotary clubs and just a single look at the smiling faces of the parade crowd would tell them this - this was money well spent.

While most folk viewed the parade standing at street grade I spotted some other interesting spots to take in the parade as well. On balconies, on shoulders, on chairs, bleachers and our Royal LePage Star 98.3 Kindness Crew partners even had a tent set up right at Five Corners. Free hot chocolate was offered to me numerous times as I made my way up and down the streets.  Christmas cheer.

Shoulder View
The Royal Box

At the very end of the parade just as the last float was going by I noticed this small group of kids holding hands....on top, Santa Claus.

That, my friend, is a Christmas moment to remember.

May you always enjoy the Christmas spirit of peace, love and understanding.

Take my hand, here comes Santa Claus

Next must see event is the CP Holiday Train in Agassiz - December 17th, 2014.  Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo will be performing. Cash or food donations requested.  See you there.

Imagine living here....

Stephen Mullock
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

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