Passes available for Pelham’s drive-thru Santa Claus parade

Santa Claus parade Passes for Pelham’s 23rd annual Santa Claus parade are now available to Pelham residents.

Passes for Pelham’s Santa Claus parade are now available to Pelham residents.

Like the reverse parade in Grimsby this weekend, Pelham’s 23rd annual Santa Claus parade, scheduled to run Saturday, Dec. 12 between 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., will be a little different this year. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, it will be held in a drive-thru format. This means that the parade floats will be stationary and viewers will drive through the route to take in the floats.

Parade-goers that apply for a pass, which is free, can book a specific time slot. The passes are also required for admission into the parade route. This helps volunteers and community members, control parade times, and will facilitate the operation smoothly, said a town advisory.

The passes limited in quantity, with one pass per Pelham household. On Dec. 10, unclaimed parade passes will be made available to non-residents.

Residents can register for parade passes via the town’s parade website.

Instead of traditional rolling parade floats, this year’s parade will feature a minimum of 12 displays from local business and community groups, with Santa Claus also making an appearance. Local businesses that would like to participate can apply here.

The parade, hosted by the Fabulous Fenwick Lions, will be held at Centennial Park in Fenwick. Attendees will be asked to enter Church Street from Foss Road only.

Cars will maintain 10 km per hour speed and the drive time through the parade route is expected to take approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Organizers say participants must remain in their vehicles and watch for volunteers for direction. No foot traffic will be permitted.

Learn more about this event on the Town of Pelham website.