The Fort Frances Christmas Parade is in need of your help.
“The parade is Dec. 7 at 5 p.m., we need floats,” said parade organizer Scott Krienke-Turvey.
“This is a community Christmas parade and without community involvement on both sides of it, it doesn't work. Right now we have a limited number of floats, so we're hoping to double or triple that number.”
With the parade still a few weeks out, there's still plenty of time for those interested in participating to put on their creative thinking caps and enter a float, and while Krienke-Turvey said there are some guidelines for floats, they aren't the only way to participate.
“[The theme is] 'Crazy Christmas Trees' and only your imagination can limit you, you can take it any way you want,” he explained.
"Anybody can put a float into the parade, as long as it's a float. Decorate your pickup truck. It's got to be Christmas related to some degree, or community related in the case of select groups. We prefer you have a group of people, not just be an isolated person. We have people that do other things like march and hand out candy and wear wacky hats.
“It's just a matter of having a good time, that's the whole idea of the day is to have a good time,” he continued.
“Whether you're there to spectate or you're there to participate, everybody has fun.”
The set-up for the parade is set to begin at 3 p.m. at the Fort Frances Library parking lot, and judges will make their rounds between 4:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. before the parade proper takes off down Reid and onto Scott Street, and Krienke-Turvey noted the judges will have a lot of work to do, so cooperation and preparation are key.
“Judging will be between 4:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m., without notice, so you're expected to be ready for the judges,” he said.
“When they get there they don't have time for you to get your ensemble together, you should be already practicing what you're going to do down Scott Street, they want to see animation.”
Krienke-Turvey said the so-far low turnout of participants could be due to a few different factors, including Mother Nature.
“We were a little late to the game and the weather hasn't been cooperating,” he said.
“When people think of Christmas they think of snow. Black Friday and American Thanksgiving falls late this year, so again, people aren't thinking Christmas yet. We need people to think Christmas in order to get in the mood.”
For those who aren't willing to put the effort into a float, or walk alongside the parade this year, Krienke-Turvey said there's one important job left for them to do.
“Not only do we need participants, we need spectators,” he said.
“So bring young, bring old, come as families, come as whatever and have fun. Bring a lawn chair or two. The parade will probably last about an hour, so from about 5 starting at the library, probably be about 5:20, 5:25 by the time we get down to the TD Corner, and then you've got 45 minutes to an hour of entertainment, and it costs zero pesos.”
Anyone looking for more information on the parade can visit ffsanta.com, or the parade's Facebook page at “Fort Frances Christmas Parade.”
Registration forms can be found at the website, and the deadline to register is Dec. 3.