Reindeer crash causes delay for Carbonear's Santa Claus parade

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Published on December 10, 2013

Danceworx Studios in Carbonear entered their senior dance group in the parade, led by dance instructor Katie O'Leary. The girls were cold at the beginning of the parade, but layered up to stay warm. Those in the group are, front — (l-r) Brittany Harnum, Kerriann Noel, Allison Hiscock, Danielle Thomas, Emily Scott, Paige Hiscock, Lakeisha Rowe and Regan Reynolds; Abbigayle Fong, Kaitlyn Neil, Morgan Janes, Haley Jenkins, Kassie Snow, Merissa Thorne, Katie Snow and Mackenzie King.

Published on December 10, 2013

A family of four generations entered their own float this year as elves of Santa's Workshop. While baby Sophie Legge and mom Emma Legge stayed warm, grandmother Carol Butt (left) and great-grandmother Gertie Chubbs prepared the float.

Published on December 10, 2013

New dance company Dansing Studios submitted its new group for the parade. The large group of dancers of all ages wore their new dance company performance fleeces, andproudly displayed them during the parade.

Published on December 10, 2013

Sammy Claus' Mummers were a big hit with the onlookers. Most laughed as they read the side of the float, but also tapped their feet and sang along to the music coming from within.

Published on December 10, 2013

A member of the Carbonear fire department helps screw the reindeer back into the railing to avoid them from falling off for the second time.

One of the biggest Christmas parades Carbonear has ever seen took place Sunday afternoon, Dec. 8 on one of the coldest days of the year. Dance troops — some wearing barely more than spandex and a sweater — shimmied, shook and twirled bravely through the streets, trying to stay warm. The popular theme for floats this year was the mummers. Several groups dressed in outlandish, oversized and colourful attire, and went jannying in the street. One of the most popular group was, "Sammy Claus' Mummers," a play on MHA Sam Slade's proclaimation that he would be coming to the House of Assembly as Sammy Claus. Cars blocked the sides of the roads in order to get a glimse of the well-organized parade. There was only one minor situation that prevented the parade from running without a hitch — Santa's own reindeer. The wooden sleigh and reindeer have been a staple in the parade for many years, but this year wind took a toll on the wooden structure. On the way to Home Hardware on Powell Drive — the parade's starting point — the winds were rough blowing across Water Street and Beach Road. Witnesses on the route saw the reindeer tip on a 45 degree angle before a huge gust blew them right off the sleigh and onto the ground. The nine reindeer landed on their wooden hooves. The incident happened quickly. Too quickly for an oncoming truck to stop in time. Crash. The truck knocked Donner and Blitzen right off the wooden railings. The damage was fixable, but caused the Carbonear parade to begin half an hour late, 1:30 p.m. Here are some of the highlights from the Carbonear Christmas parade.

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