The Trenton Santa Claus Parade delighted thousands of spectators with marching bands and entertainers, this past weekend. Everyone was in high spirits and enthusiastic crowds lined the streets from Centennial Park to Queen Street to see what is undoubtedly one of the best parades in the Quinte Region.
“Year after year, this community comes together to ensure that the Trenton Santa Claus Parade delights the local children and is a great kick off to the Holiday Season,” says Suzanne Andrews, manager at the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber of Commerce here started organizing this parade way back in 1953 but it belongs to everyone as it takes a total community effort to make it happen and it would be a very short parade without the businesses and groups putting in the time and resources needed to build these floats every year. Along with all the financial help we get from sponsors & donors we rely on logistical support from the City, the Firefighters, the OPP and local business to ensure this parade is well organized and safe so it can be enjoyed by children and Christmas lovers of all ages.”
“On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to send a special thank you to Brian Swartman and Brad Graham and all of the volunteer firefighters for ensuring the floats were all lined up on time and the parade ran smoothly,” says Morgan Scott, parade coordinator. They ensure the parade always leaves on time and everyone has a great time. “A special thank you to Wayne Campbell, his continued dedication helps to make this parade a success every year.” Wayne volunteers countless hours to prepare for Santa’s arrival to Quinte West and keeps Santa’s float looking its’ best in the parade year after year. As well, thank you to Frank & Bev Meiboom from M&R Automotive who provides a warm place to decorate Santa’s Float and delicious treats to all of the helpers every year.
Thank you to Tim Horton’s for donating hot chocolate and Timbits and for the Lions club for providing hot food and hot drinks in Centennial Park, this helped to keep everyone’s energy up while they waited in the parade line up.
The Quinte West Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a huge thank you to all the businesses, service clubs, community organizations, schools and volunteers that took part in this years’ parade. A group of judges have determined the 2018 parade award winners which will be handed out at ceremony at City Hall on December 7 at 9:30am.
The 2018 Parade Winners
|Best Youth Float
|Dance Xtreme Studio
|Theme: Holiday Cheer
|Sponsored by: Whitley Financial Services
|Best Community Service Float
|Bay of Quinte Harley Owner’s Group
|Theme: Old Fashioned Sleigh Ride
|Sponsored by: Trenton Cold Storage
|Best Industrial Float
|Sponsored by: City of Quinte West
|Best Service Industry Float
|Theme: Winter Wonderland
|Sponsored by: Quinte First Credit Union
|Best Commercial Float
|Ace Septic Pumping
|Theme: Horse & Sleigh & Old Fashioned Truck
|Sponsored by: Little Caesars
|Best Christmas Theme
|The Pentecostals of Quinte
|Theme: Christmas Concert
|Sponsored by: Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty
|Best Children’s Theme
|Trenton Cold Storage
|Theme: Peanuts Christmas (Charlie Brown)
|Sponsored by: Scott’s Haulage & Excavating Ltd
|Best Overall Float
|Greig Truck & Trailer
|Theme: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
|Sponsored by: McDonald’s Restaurant
People’s Choice Award
The judges have selected their favourites, now it is your turn vote online at www.quintewestchamber.ca. Voting closes on Monday, December 3rd, this award will be announced on December 7th at the awards ceremony at Quinte West City Hall.
Sponsored by: Scotiabank
The Jeanette Chappelle Memorial Award for “Youth Community Spirit” will be awarded to Dance with Miss Liz this year. It was wonderful to see so many young children in the parade with so much spirit. This award is Sponsored by Community Policing.
The bands in this year’s parade were paid for in part with the generous support of: Audrie O’Neil, Bob’s Portable Toilet, Trenton DBIA, Domtech, Ken Leighton Limited, Knights of Columbus, Leon’s Trenton, Randall’s Office Supplies, Riverside Automotive, The Trentonian, Trenton Lion’s Club and Walmart Trenton.
Logistical support & services for this year’s parade were provided by: International Truckload Services (ITS), M & R Auto Repair, Action Towing, Bill’s Johns, Custom Carts, Action Towing, Spelmer Chrysler, Larry’s Towing, Lion’s Club, City of Quinte West Public Works, City of Quinte West, Reilly’s Awards & Embroidery, Tim Horton’s and Trenton DBIA.