Copied from our local paper the Beacon Herald:
Nothing, it seems, can spoil a good parade.
Despite the incessant drizzle Sunday evening, an estimated 3,000 spectators lined the downtown route for Santa's Parade of Lights while paraders sang Christmas tunes, played their musical instruments and honked their horns.
And Ms. Pettipas said her family appreciated the treats given out by Tim Hortons and the Stratford Optimists.
Getting into the Christmas spirit for sure were a group of volunteers from Knox Presbyterian Church who were offering free cups of hot chocolate.
The group included Grace Rothwell, Charles and Margaret Lupton and Vivian Harding.
A significant part of the parade this year was the participation of a large contingent of paraders from Bethel Tabernacle.
The group included about 80 costumed participants, said Ruth Kneider, who credited co-ordinators Andy and Jane Pearson for the staging which included an authentic looking Nativity scene at city hall along with several farm animals and shepherds.
"We really had huge support," said Ms. Kneider, who noted the church was invited by event organizers to become involved.
She said there was lots of interest in the Nativity.
The evening event culminated with a biblical reading of the Nativity story by Stratford Shakespeare Festival actor James Blendick.
Only one of the 77 parade entries was a no-show, he said, and that was because of a breakdown on the way to the parade.
"Everybody showed and, in the rain, to me that was incredible."
The parade was a full hour, running from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
about 3,000 spectators stretching from Ontario Street down to the YMCA.
That "incessant drizzle" was actually a continual downpour! But it was fun despite that.
Santa and Mrs Claus
Our TOPS members marching in the rain
This is where we had to line up
The rest of my pictures did not turn out unfortunately, I was shaking to much in the chill I guess!