Lions Christmas Parade set for Nov. 27

Annual parade kicks start Christmas season, Lions Christmas Express food drive

FALL RIVER: Santa’s Elves are hard at work planning the excitement to kickoff the Christmas season in Fall River.

Organizers have confirmed the date for the annual Fall River and Area Lions Christmas Parade. It will be held Nov. 27 at 1 p.m., with lineup beginning at 12 p.m. at the LWF Hall at 843 Fall River Road. The storm date for the parade is Dec. 4, at 1 p.m.. The lineup time would remain the same as well.

Once again this year, those lining Fall River Road are being asked to bring a food donation for the Lions Christmas Express with them to be picked up.

“We’re hoping everyone comes out to celebrate and kick off the Christmas season with us,” said Stephanie Dube.

“The community is being asked to come on out and enjoy this parade. We put it on for you,” added Lion John Bona.

To enter a float or for more information on the parade, please contact Bona at 902-476-8061 or Pat Healey at 902-817-8054.

Station 45 Fall River, with Nick Yeomans driving, was one of the fire trucks in a past Lions Christmas Parade. (Healey file photo)
Station 45 Fall River, with Nick Yeomans driving, was one of the fire trucks in a past Lions Christmas Parade. (Healey file photo)

The parade’s route will be as it has been in past years. It will start at the LWF Hall on Fall River Road and Richardson Drive and make its way down to Highway 2, turn right towards Waverley before turning left into the Fall River Plaza using the entrance by Shoppers Drug Mart. Santa will be available for some photos with the youngsters for a short time following the parade’s completion.

For the Lions Christmas Express food drive, organizers are finalizing details including the dates for when packing night—always a fun night that gets everyone in the Christmas spirit-will be held as well as when those receiving the Christmas baskets will be receiving them.

The food baskets are scheduled to be packed on Dec. 15 by members of the community, and the delivery/pickup is set for Dec. 18. Both will take place at the Seniors Friendly Centre on Fall River Road in Fall River.

Dube said she hopes to get letters out to local schools in hopes that they will participate.

Last year, Waverley Memorial School School students had a special treat as Santa came to visit them on a fire truck from Station 41 in Waverley. There was also assistance from an RCMP officer with Halifax District RCMP in picking up all the food they collected.

“Without the communities generous donations, whether it’s from the business community or residents, we wouldn’t be able to help out those less fortunate in our own communities,” said Dube.