Crofton Community Centre Society members in last year’s parade. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton Community Centre Society members in last year’s parade. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton parade cancellation will leave a huge holiday void

Community Christmas celebration has become quite an attraction

Everyone loves a parade and Crofton’s version for Christmas always brightened the holiday season.

But it’s another festive event that’s not happening this year due to COVID-19 stipulations. It’s normally held on the second Sunday of December and this Sunday, Dec. 13 would have been the big day.

“It’s off,” confirmed Gabor Horvath, who’s done a masterful job of organizing the event the last few years to carry on the tradition of his predecessor Gerry Hurst under the Crofton Community Centre Society banner.

“I just got an email from the executive,” added Horvath. “No parade, no seniors Christmas dinner, no nothing.”

There is an alternative, even though it will pale in comparison to Crofton’s great little parade.

“The only thing you can do is drive around Crofton and take some pictures of the nicely-decorated houses,” Horvath said.

For the size of the community, Crofton’s parade has been a source of great pride with a few floats, lots of novelty entries, the Crofton Fire Department, of course, and more with entertainment, hot dogs, hot chocolate and popcorn at the Warmland Community Church on Joan Avenue.

But the protocols pertaining to crowd sizes in effect right now from provincial health authorities just made it impossible to organize anything for the event to proceed.

All that everyone can do is anxiously await a really big show and an even more exuberant community celebration for a 2021 parade.

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Crofton Fire Department members are always front and centre in the Crofton parade. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton Fire Department members are always front and centre in the Crofton parade. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton In Bloom had a float in last year’s parade, with a unique visitor along for the ride. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton In Bloom had a float in last year’s parade, with a unique visitor along for the ride. (Photo by Don Bodger)