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Yellowknife

Santa Claus parade returns to downtown YK on November 20


Yellowknife’s Santa Claus parade will return to the city’s downtown next Saturday, November 20, following its traditional route – City Hall to 53 Street, Franklin Avenue, and 48 Street.

The parade’s theme this year is “Rock’n Roll Christmas.” The procession will start at 5pm. In a Friday news release, the City of Yellowknife put out a call for floats to take part.

“Community organizations, sports teams, businesses, and schools are invited to enter a float, vehicles, or walking group in the parade,” read a news release.

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A spokesperson said five floats had been registered as of noon on November 12, just over a week away from a parade that usually involves around 25 floats. The deadline to register a float is November 17.

The city is also looking for volunteer parade marshals and ambassadors. To volunteer or enter a float, email events@yellowknife.ca

The city said the parade will follow the NWT chief public health officer’s health orders, cautioning the event “may change with little notice.”

Last year, the city attempted to hold a stationary parade for Covid-19 safety reasons. Residents were invited to drive by the parade from the safety of their own cars, but a backlog of traffic meant hundreds of cars weren’t able to make it to the parade by the 7pm cut-off.

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Frigid temperatures below -20C meant participants on the floats were too cold to continue and needed to head home to warm up.

Temperatures for next week’s parade are looking a little milder. The long-term forecast predicts nights by the end of next week will see lows of -18C.

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