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Thursday, December 11, 2014


Everyone Loves a Parade   

Chilliwack Rotary Christmas Parade sees record crowds

Staff/Voice photos


There were 70 floats in this year's Christmas parade. Below, Lordstown played on the entertainment stage at Five Corners Park.


f you weren't in the parade, you were watching it. A light drizzle last Saturday didn't dampen the spirit of what organizers say was the largest crowd yet for the annual Rotary Chilliwack Christmas Parade. 70 schools, churches, community groups and businesses took part in the procession.


In May, the Rotary Club of Chilliwack, the Rotary Club of Chilliwack-Mt. Cheam, and the Rotary Club of Chilliwack-Fraser announced they planned to host the annual event. Each club raised $3000 and the City of Chilliwack matched the contributions.


This year, entertainment stages were hosted by 89.5 The Drive at Five Corners Park and by Tractorgrease Multimedia in the parking lot at Decades Coffee Club, with both featuring a variety of performers.


Local band, Lordstown, played on the stage at Five Corners. Lead singer Tara Ann Taylor is from Agassiz, the others in the band are from Chilliwack. Even though the band has only been together about a year, they're already getting steady gigs.


“We play Ruth and Naomi's, the homeless shelter here, once a month, and we play at our local church. We do events like this now and we're getting quite busy, which is good," said Taylor. "We play at the Solid Rock church tonight (Nowell Street)."


The band's website is under construction, so watch for that soon.


On Wednesday, organizers handed out trophies and money to winners (see below) at the Coast Hotel.



Desmond Devnich, Rotary Christmas Parade Committee, told The Voice that a pair of new awards this year came with cheques, in the amount of $750 each from the Rotary Club and Prospera Credit Union awarded to Mt. Slesse Middle School and Chilliwack Society for Community Living, for Best Overall and Best Non-Profit parade floats respectively.


“It took a great deal of sponsorship dollars and volunteer hours to produce Chilliwack's brightest night of the year, and we are so grateful to the Chilliwack community for stepping up to support this magical event,” wrote Devnich in an email Wednesday.


Shaw Cable streamed the event live on the web.


Awards and cash prizes were handed out Wednesday evening at the Coast Hotel.


Those interested in getting involved in the parade as a participant or sponsor next year can visit www.chilliwackchristmasparade.com



Best Overall - sponsored by 89.5 The Drive

1. Mt. Slesse Middle School,

2. Fantasy Farms

3. Foreman Equipment.


Best School - sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Chilliwack

1. Mt. Slesse Middle School

2. University of the Fraser Valley Faculty of Applied & Technical Studies

3. Sardis Secondary School


Best Non-Profit - sponsored by Prospera Credit Union

1. Chilliwack Society for Community Living

2. Chilliwack Lions Club

3. Chilliwack Chapter Vintage Car Club of Canada


Corporate Large - sponsored by The Progress

1. London Drugs

2. Tycrop Manufacturing

3. Shaw Cable Systems


Corporate Small - sponsored by Shaw TV

1. Foreman Equipment

2. Holiday Trails RV Resorts

3. Bulldog Decks


Agriculture/Livestock - sponsored by Alliance Truss

1. Fantasy Farms

2. Pine Meadows Tree Farms 

3. Caliber Equipment


Best Entertainment - sponsored by Star 98.3 and Sonic 107.5

1. Chilliwack Lions Club


Best Vehicle - sponsored by Murray Chilliwack

1. Louie's Automotive 

2. Chilliwack Golf and Country Club

3. Chilliwack Chiefs