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Scooby Doo

Tribune photo by Jessica Lovell

Scooby Doo gets a welcoming embrace from two excited children at the Guelph Community Santa Claus Parade on Sunday. Hundreds of people, young and old, lined downtown streets for the festive event, which marks an unofficial start to the holiday season.

Festive sights delight Santa’s warm welcome

In spite of the bright sunshine and unseasonably warm weather, there was a distinctive holiday feeling in the air as the Guelph Community Santa Claus Parade made its way through the downtown on Sunday.

Floats may have numbered fewer than in some previous years, but there was no shortage of smiles on the faces of parade goers, who were entertained by everything from elves and clowns to life-size cartoon characters while they waited for the man in red to arrive.

There were a few entries that stood out among the rest, becoming this year’s parade winners. At the top of this list was Grace Community Church, which took the prize for best overall entry for its floats featuring a live camel, a Bethlehem marketplace and a manger scene. Along the same theme, Our Lady of Lourdes high school took the prize for best school entry for its three giant wise men, who were accompanied by students dressed as angels and shepherds.

Best community or non-profit entry went to Diyode Community Workshop and the Downtown Guelph Business Association, which together created a downtown scene featuring drawings of local buildings.

Best Collaboration was a tie between the Wyndham Arts-Guelph School of Art-Creativity Greenhouse effort and the Magic FM-CJOY and Royal City Nursery pairing.

Guelph Figure Skating Club’s winter scene won best club, while the Shakespeare Arms’s festive pub scene earned it the best business award. People’s choice went to The Dragon comic book store.

For a gallery of photos from this year’s Santa Clause Parade, visit our photos page.

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