Saturday December 5, 2009
5K Fun Run
Starting Time: 1:25 p.m.
Registration: 12:15 p.m. at Souris Consolidated School
Fee: $5. for kids, $10. for adults
Contact: Donna Campbell-Dixon 357-2714, Sara Deveau 687-3067 firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Description: Run the parade route just prior to the Santa Claus Parade
Wrap-up social with munchies and prizes at the Bluefin at 2:30 featuring Chef Michael Smith's Pea Soup.
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Weather outlook good for Souris Christmas Parade
SOURIS — The longest-running Christmas Parade on P.E.I. will celebrate a 29th anniversary here this Saturday when the town’s citizen of the year joins Santa as a guest of honour.
“It continues to shine year after year,” says Chrissy Conohan, one of the organizers of the Dec. 5 event.
“The weather seems to be with us, although two years ago it went ahead in a blinding blizzard.”
This Saturday is calling for a mix of sun and cloud but plus-degree temperatures should guarantee no blinding blizzards when the parade gets underway at 1:30 p.m.
Those attending the parade are encouraged to bring a donation for the food bank and the
P.E.I. Humane Society and items will be collected along the parade route.
Souris is in full seasonal gear with Christmas activities planned for both today and Friday as well.
Along with Santa Claus, handling the guest of honour duties will be Harvey Carter, who was named Souris 2009 Citizen of the Year and is designated parade marshal.
Carter, who works at MacIntyre House, is one of the most well-known faces in the eastern port town and is always up and down Main Street helping out and running errands for local business.
“A day doesn’t go by with Harvey stopping in to say hello,” says Conohan.
Over 100 floats are expected in the parade including antique cars and tractors, horses and other animals, mascots, the Christmas penguins coming from Mount Stewart, and six marching bands, including one from Moncton.
“We get folks coming from across the Island and as far as Tignish.”
The parade concludes with a free barbecue at the Sportsplex for the parade participants and an open canteen for the public.
Today, there will be interactive story and craft night from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hall with a small admission to cover materials and a Christmas Present Bingo at the Eastern Kings Sportsplex.
The booklet bingo (bring your dabbers) starts at 7:30 p.m. and is a fundraiser for the rink operations.
The Christmas craft and gift fair goes Friday from noon till 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. at the Matthew M. MacLean building.