Santa comes to Pangnirtung!
I love parades! Growing up my family had a tradition to go over to friends of the family. There we would gather around the TV and watch the Santa Claus parade from Toronto. At some point the paper and pens would come out and we’d all write our letters to Santa Claus. Even when I lived in Toronto (for about 5 years)…I never went to the parade to see it live, but would watch the TV broadcast from my house, baking cookies and write my letter to Santa! I think at some point I need to go to the Toronto Parade in Person!
Northern parades are even more special… often there is more people IN the parade than standing around WATCHING the parade! Everyone climbs in their vehicles and take part! I remember being in the Canada Day Parade in 2009! In 2009 I also watched the Santa Claus Parade in Iqaluit… (I was there for my Birthday Weekend Getaway!)
This morning I HEARD the parade start in Downtown…then go to UPTOWN, and finally CROSS the bridge to my part of town! The inner kid in me was SO excited… I couldn’t wait, to get a glimpse of Santa…even though it was so cold!
Some of the vehicles decorated their cars…. Most people in the cars had Santa hats on and were excited to wave to myself and my neighbours! There were firetrucks, RCMP trucks, Hamlet vehicles, cars, trucks, ATVs and Snowmobiles that were all part of this parade!
In Pang, Santa leads the parade… but I decided to put his photo at the end of my post! Santa was throwing out ‘goodie’ bags of candies… and had some awesome tunes… I might have just done a little dance! My one regret this Christmas is that I won’t be able to go to one of the Inuktitut Dances…and practice up on my scottish reels and fancy footwork!
I’m so glad I got to see the Pang Parade… Now that I finished the last-week-of-work-before-my-holidays AND now that I’m officially on holidays, it makes Christmas seem that much closer!