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Santa Claus taking a new parade route in Bay Roberts

The Bay Roberts Santa Claus parade has a slightly different route this year. Instead of ending at the Lions Club, it'll finish up at Ascension Collegiate. The parade gets started at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3.
The Bay Roberts Santa Claus parade has a slightly different route this year. Instead of ending at the Lions Club, it'll finish up at Ascension Collegiate. The parade gets started at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3.

Those lining up to see the Bay Roberts Santa Claus Parade near the Lions Club will have to find a new place this year.

That’s because the town has altered the tail end of the parade route this year with an eye on safety for participants and onlookers. Instead of turning left onto the Conception Bay Highway from Water Street and heading towards the Bay Arena, the parade will now turn right and finish at Ascension Collegiate.

The popular Bay Roberts parade is set to take place Dec. 3 at 10 a.m.

“We decided for safety issues, especially for offloading at the end that Ascension Collegiate would be a better opportunity for us,” said recreation director Ian Flynn. “When you’re turning left at Jungle Jim’s, you’re dealing with a litany of issues from Coley’s Point, Country Road, the mall, McDonald’s, the Bay Arena and the lights.

“What happens is you end of barring up Port de Grave … while the parade is unloading. “

It’s a change that’s been in the works for the last couple of months. The past two years, Bay Roberts has organized the parade. One year, they finished the event at the Bay Arena, while the other finished at the Lion’s Club on Bareneed Road.

Each route had its own set of challenges and it made sense to look elsewhere this year. The Bay Arena was unavailable because of a hockey tournament.

“We measured off the distance between the lights to the Lions Club and the lights to Ascension and it was .3 kms in the difference,” said Flynn.

In addition to the change in route, Bay Roberts is offering a shuttle service from the school to the start of the parade by the fire hall for large groups like cadets, dance groups or hockey teams.

Parents will drop their children off at the school and they’ll be bused to the start point from there.

The hope is to alleviate some of the congestion that comes with parents trying to get down and then get out of the staging area.

Flynn stressed the route change is not a permanent thing and could be switched back to the original in future years.

Any questions, call the town hall at 786-2126.

 

nmercer@cbcompass.ca

That’s because the town has altered the tail end of the parade route this year with an eye on safety for participants and onlookers. Instead of turning left onto the Conception Bay Highway from Water Street and heading towards the Bay Arena, the parade will now turn right and finish at Ascension Collegiate.

The popular Bay Roberts parade is set to take place Dec. 3 at 10 a.m.

“We decided for safety issues, especially for offloading at the end that Ascension Collegiate would be a better opportunity for us,” said recreation director Ian Flynn. “When you’re turning left at Jungle Jim’s, you’re dealing with a litany of issues from Coley’s Point, Country Road, the mall, McDonald’s, the Bay Arena and the lights.

“What happens is you end of barring up Port de Grave … while the parade is unloading. “

It’s a change that’s been in the works for the last couple of months. The past two years, Bay Roberts has organized the parade. One year, they finished the event at the Bay Arena, while the other finished at the Lion’s Club on Bareneed Road.

Each route had its own set of challenges and it made sense to look elsewhere this year. The Bay Arena was unavailable because of a hockey tournament.

“We measured off the distance between the lights to the Lions Club and the lights to Ascension and it was .3 kms in the difference,” said Flynn.

In addition to the change in route, Bay Roberts is offering a shuttle service from the school to the start of the parade by the fire hall for large groups like cadets, dance groups or hockey teams.

Parents will drop their children off at the school and they’ll be bused to the start point from there.

The hope is to alleviate some of the congestion that comes with parents trying to get down and then get out of the staging area.

Flynn stressed the route change is not a permanent thing and could be switched back to the original in future years.

Any questions, call the town hall at 786-2126.

 

nmercer@cbcompass.ca

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