Here comes Santa Claus


The weather outside was cold and windy, but the turnout at this year’s Santa Claus parade through the streets of Iqaluit last Saturday was truly delightful.

It was even greater than expected. David Iou of the city’s recreation department said there were originally 13 floats registered for this year’s parade, but 17 ended up driving the route.

Regular vehicles decorated with Christmas goodies, as well as full-blown floats complete with reindeer and seals, wound their way through the streets of the capital city.

The Department of Education won first prize for its float, which was decked out with a gingerbread house and gingerbread men. The Nunavut Power Corporation came in second, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans won third place for its decorated boat towed behind a truck.

Iou said he was pleased with this year’s turnout of participants and viewers, saying it was the best parade yet, in spite of the cold.

Environment Canada had forecast a temperature of -34 C, so the parade route was cut a bit short for the comfort of the float riders.

Audience members and participants warmed their hands and toes at Joamie School after the parade. Coffee and hot chocolate were served as youngsters met Santa and listened to Christmas carols.

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