The thirty ninth annual Fort Macleod Santa Claus parade returned on Saturday to a cheerful crowd.
Attendees that lined Principal Road have been shocked with actual reindeer and cowboy Joel Lybbert, who was driving his four-year-old bison Indy, to ring within the festive spirit
“He’s obtained his winter coat on so he’s all fluffy and raring to go,” Lybbert mentioned.
“Any method that I will help out and unfold Alberta Christmas spirit, I’m blissful to take action, and Indy’s a good way to do this.”
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The earlier two parades have been canceled because of the pandemic, however this yr, the occasion happened in full power and Indy wasn’t the one one raring to kick off the festive season.
“Everybody was like, ‘Yay… Lastly.. Sure.’ So we had plenty of actually nice responses that method,” parade organizer Sydney Tobler mentioned.
The parade began as a small occasion in 1981 as an effort to deliver extra enterprise to the city. It’s since grown to incorporate greater than 100 festive floats.
“We get round 10 to 12,000 those that come out and we’re a city of two,500 so that is actually superb,” Tobler mentioned.
“We’re recognized to be the most important Santa Claus parade west of Toronto, in order that’s fairly thrilling to be recognized for that.”
Tobler added the parade has grow to be a good way to get everybody within the vacation spirit.
“Christmas isn’t a joyous time for lots of people, and so we discover that it doesn’t matter what walks of life you come from, that is one thing you can all come and luxuriate in,” she mentioned.
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