Christmas Parade Set For Dec. 7

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By Marla Hoffman

The Calais Lioness will be hosting the annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 7, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Calais Motor Inn. 

This year’s Grand Marshal is John Marchese of the Motor Inn. 

“He’s been a great supporter of the community and all we do for many years,” said Lioness Jayna Smith. “He is always helping the community and has been really great about letting organizations use space. We can always count on John.”

Any organization or business can take part in the parade, which will start at the Motor Inn, head down to Hog Alley and end at Triangle Park.

“The people of the community have come to expect this event,” said Smith. “Children look forward to it every year. It’s a good kick off to the holiday season.”

Santa Claus will be getting a ride from the Calais Fire Department to meet children. Mrs. Claus will hand out cookies.

“Santa is going to meet with every single child until the line is gone,” said Smith.

Children will also be able to sign up for a free raffle to win prizes, such as a giant stocking. Calais in Motion will be offering Polar Express trolley rides and hot chocolate down at the Wabanaki Cultural Center. 

For the adults, downtown businesses will be participating in Moonlight Madness, sponsored by the St. Croix Chamber of Commerce. Retailers will be open to 10 or 11 p.m. or later, offering hourly specials, drawings and refreshments, beginning at 6 p.m.

“Every town has its own little holiday celebration,” Smith said. “This is ours. A lot of people come out, visit the restaurants and businesses. It certainly brings the community together and is a happy time for everyone.”

The parade will be held rain, snow or shine, said Smith. “We do it regardless of weather.”