Sidney is ready to sparkle this Sunday

Lights will shine bright on Sunday, Dec. 4 to kick off the holiday season in Sidney this weekend.

A well-coiffed clown is backlit by the holiday lights on one of the floats in the December

Lights will shine bright on Sunday, Dec. 4 to kick off the holiday season in Sidney this weekend.

The annual Sidney Sparkles Parade features a variety of floats, vehicles and groups of people, helping to get the community into the holiday spirit. The event is run by the Peninsula Celebrations Society who, like their name says, is ready to celebrate.

Spokesperson Morgan Shaw says people can expect to see some of their favourite floats from past years, new participants, music and “a mixture of good ones for the kids.”

Hundreds of people are expected to line Beacon Avenue. The parade route begins at Resthaven Drive and continues right, onto Second Street, ending at Ocean Boulevard.

Everything begins at 5 p.m., so be sure to get your viewing spot early. Shaw added there will be candy for the kids and perhaps even an appearance  by a special guest.

Following the parade, the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club will have a collection of boats on display at the Port Sidney Marina. People can wander down to see them decorated for a Lighted Boat Parade, set to begin at around 6:15 p.m., weather permitting.

And don’t forget to start the weekend with the Breakfast With Santa on Sat., Dec. 3 at the Mary Winspear Centre. The Sidney Lions Club is serving up pancakes, for a fee, starting at 8:30 a.m. Santa arrives at 9 a.m. for pictures with the kids.