Feature Story Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Chilliwack Christmas parade and microevents draw a few thousand people to the downtown core
Parade participants huddle together around a makeshift fire pit last Saturday. Below, Santa raises donations for the Ann Davis Society.
t wasn't the Rose Bowl Parade. But Californians don't have to contend with -18C arctic outflows either.
Last Saturday, the Christmas Parade rolled through Chilliwack in front of a few thousand of the city's hardiest who ventured out on what was the coldest night of the year.
Those who managed to deal with the big chill were treated to a garden variety of 76 floats and decorated vehicles.
Things were different for this parade than in years gone by with more portable benches, special lighting and more micro-events.
City of Chilliwack firefighters walked up and down Yale Rd. and Wellington Ave ensuring the kids were happy with the polar pomp by handing out fistfuls of candy.
Patti MacAhonic and Gwen O'Mahony were at Coffee Plus raising money for the Ann Davis Foundation doing photos with Santa.
Vineyard Community Church threw open the doors to their own style of party with craft tables where the kids made Christmas decorations with live music from the Steve Delmar band.
Bowls of Hope was setup off of Fletcher Ave. serving up hot food for free.
"I just had a chilli just down the block," said one passerby. "It was free. Now I won't have to make dinner."
A stage setup on the court house steps featured local band Chill Billies and also musician Andrew Christopher and his band.
At Decades Coffee on Wellington, you would have found Desmond Devnich hosting a stage that featured acts like perennial favourites Chilliwack Harmony Chorus.
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