Sail on in to Sidney

Sidney Sparkles Santa Parade is this Saturday, followed by the popular Sail Past

Warren Franklin gets his boat

The Sidney Sparkles Santa Parade is set to take over Sidney this weekend.

The popular annual parade which is put on by the Peninsula Celebrations Society features a bounty of lighted floats including Island Farms’ Daisy the Cow and of course the special guest of the night, Santa Claus.

The parade, which begins at the top end of Beacon Avenue and travels down and turns to Second Street, attracts hundreds of spectators to Sidney each year. This year, spectators on Second Street can stop by The Mortgage Centre who will be offering free popcorn and hot chocolate to parade spectators.

The night will also feature the annual Lighted Boat Parade which has been a fixture of the holiday season since 1985.

“We usually have around 20 boats or so and we’ve really been pushing this year so I hope it will be a big group,” said Warren Franklin, one of the event organizers.

The Sidney Sparkles Santa Parade starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 and the Lighted Boat Parade begins around 6:15 p.m. Arrive early to nab good spots to see Santa along Beacon Avenue and set up camp along the Sidney waterfront or near Tulista Park to watch the festive boats slip past.

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