Festive season begins

4 Wing Community Council members built a float last weekend to enter into the City of Cold Lake Santa Claus parade on Friday Nov. 30, 2018. Photos by Christopher King

4 Wing Community Council members built a float last weekend to enter into the City of Cold Lake Santa Claus parade on Friday Nov. 30, 2018.
Photos by Christopher King

CHRISTOPHER KING

The 4 Wing Community Council is getting into the festive spirit ahead of the 4 Wing Christmas tree lighting ceremony and the City of Cold Lake’s Santa Claus parade on November 30, 2018.

Last weekend, four members of the community council were measuring, sawing and painting a Christmas themed float onto a trailer for this Friday’s event.

Corporal Taylor Forrest, Beaver ward councillor, said the whole project takes between 30-40 hours to build between four people, and completing the build is done in one weekend.

“This is a community council initiative,” Cpl. Forrest said. “We always put on a float for the community council, and this year we’re trying to one-up ourselves and make a 4 Wing float.”

The centre piece of the float will be a Santa’s sleigh, and he said the float will be filled with 4 Wing members, while volunteers will walk alongside and hand out candy to all the people attending the parade.

“We definitely appreciate people coming to walk and hand out candy at the parade to the passersby and children,” he said.

This year the float will start out at the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, which starts at 4:15 p.m. The float will be at the CANEX ready to depart at 5:30 p.m. and head to the Cold Lake South Fire Hall by 6 p.m. for the City’s parade.

“There will be hot cocoa and there will be a live band and choir members from Art Smith Aviation Academy that will sing,” Cpl. Forrest said. “It’s free for people to just show up and enjoy.”