Welcome Monday, Nov. 14, 2011. 7:00 – 7:30 pm
Our Parade Committee Bob Jackson John Ewanick Gene Shackelton Dan Clarke Al Holt Bob Holt Dave McCormick Chuck Gratton Bud Willis Earl Taylor Gregg Paisley Jim Wakefield Neal Ambrose Barry Bottineau David Kuchma Leo Lynch Steve Malone Brian Clements Chris McConnel Dave Kernohan …and the rest of the Optimist Club of St. Thomas
2011 Theme “The Colours of Christmas”
2010 Winners Best Theme - STEGH/Steelway Best Children’s Entry - Central United Church Best Commercial - Expressions Dance Studio Most Unusual - Central Elgin Collegiate Institute Most Photogenic - Elgin Theatre Guild Best Overall - Presstran Industries
Description vs Media Release (free Promo / Ad ) • Bad Description: • “pick up truck with a trailer, people walking with candy”
Description vs “Media Release” (free Promo / Ad ) • Good Description:
Here we have Forest Park Public school being represented by both students and staff. Forest Park has a student enrollment of approximately 500 students and they take part in a variety of programs including "Upstanding Day" which is a day devoted to standing up against bullying. The school pledge is that they "believe that everybody has the right to feel safe, included, valued and accepted. I pledge to respect others and to stand up against bullying" . Their float is being pulled by a restored 1974 International Loadstar 1600 truck.
Parade Rules & Regulations • All vehicles and floats are to be decorated and well lit, keeping with the holiday season.
Candy must not be thrown from vehicles. It could cause kids to get too close to your float. Any candy being distributed MUST be HANDED out by volunteers from your entry.
Watch for children getting too close to your float. • We want everyone to stay SAFE!
… from CNN.COM/US Boy killed by parade float PLANT CITY, Florida (AP) -- A 9-year-old boy died after being run over by a church float in a Christmas parade. Jordan Hayes was walking alongside the float, … when his foot was caught by a wheel and he fell under the float Friday night, said Police Chief Bill McDaniel. Parade watchers shouted at the driver to back up, but the pickup truck pulling the Greater Heights Family Worship Center float ran over Jordan a second time. The driver is Jordan's cousin, authorities said. Jordan, of Inverness, Florida, had been in Plant City visiting a brother. "This is a tragedy that defies words," McDaniel said. "This was supposed to be a time of celebration and joy, but it has turned into a terrible tragedy."
Girl Killed in Christmas Parade Float Accident Published December 07, 2008 Beaumont, Texas police have identified a girl who was run over by a trailer during a Christmas parade this weekend as 11-year-old Aaliyah Carter. Witnesses told police Aaliyah jumped off a 21-foot lowboy trailer float on Saturday. She had been running along beside it and apparently lost her footing and fell. Authorities say the wheels of the trailer ran over her, causing severe head trauma. Aaliyah was taken to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she was pronounced dead Saturday night. She was in the fourth grade at Homer Drive Elementary School, where she was captain of the drill team, historian of the student council and an honor roll student. "To know her is to love her," said Charisma Popillion, a school official, told Beaumont television station KFDM. School counselors were planning to meet Monday to discuss how to help students deal with the tragedy. Some of Aaliyah's classmates on the parade float saw the accident.
Flyers or advertisements are not to be handed out during the parade. These sheets tend to be left behind and litter the street.
A driver of the float must remain with the vehicle at all times during the staging portion of the parade.
We do not want to confuse the children with more than one Santa Claus. The Optimist Club of St. Thomas will provide the one and only Santa Claus at the end of the parade.
The north parking lot of Timken will be available for dropping people off. • The south end, in front of Timken, is being reserved for the Marching Bands. • Parents are not allowed to drive into the staging area.
FLOATS Enter Here From North WALMART Canadian Tire East Lane of First Ave to remain open Staging Area North Parking Lot Canadian Timken Gas Pumps Libro
In order to have a smooth flowing parade, all vehicles must keep moving when possible. Otherwise the length of the parade is extended and gaps can occur. This results in much frustration for spectators. Please keep it moving!
Any animal walking in the parade must be “diapered”. There are many people who walk the parade route. (parade marshalls, parade entries, band members) • They expect the street to be “Manure-free”!
There will be a police officer at the end of Talbot Street. They will either direct you straight through on Talbot, or signal you to turn left onto Elgin Street.
Tractor Trailers and large floats will go straight on Talbot to disembark riders along Talbot St from Elgin to William St • Smaller floats will turn left on Elgin to disembark riders at your pre-determined location. YOU CANNOT STOP HERE! • Only Talbot is closed – the remainder of streets are open to public transportation • Be prepared!
Some ideas for your groups include: • Wellington Street School, • Old Co-Op Lumber yard, • municipal parking lot behind CIBC • IGA Foodland on William, etc.
If you have any digital pictures you would be willing to share with us, please email them to us through our website: www.optimistsantaclausparade.com
Be On Your Best Behaviour: ROGERS TELEVISION will be televising the parade live, and re-broadcasting many times. Smile, Smile, Smile, but don’t STOP MOVING!
Parade registration numbers will be distributed during this meeting. Please don’t leave without them. Registration Numbers are only for identification. “First In” does not necessarily mean “First Out”.
Registration is FREE this year, however… • London Parade (Commercial floats cost up to $900.00) • Woodstock (Commercial floats $50.00, not 4 profit groups $25.00) • This is to keep the parade sustainable.
Thanks to our Sponsors: • Rogers TV
Thanks to our Sponsors: • Don & Hazel Williams Foundation
Thanks to our Sponsors: • Downtown Development Board
Thanks to our Sponsors: • St. Thomas Energy Inc
Thanks to our Sponsors: • Doug Tarry Homes
Thanks to our Sponsors: • St. Thomas Rent-All
Thanks to our Sponsors: • TD Canada Trust
Thanks to our Sponsors: • Murray Armstrong
Thanks to our Sponsors: • McDonald’s
Thanks to our Sponsors: • Giant Tiger
Thanks to our Sponsors: • Canadian Tire
Dates for next year • Registration Deadline – • Friday, November 2, 2012 • Pre-Parade Meeting – • Tuesday, November 6, 2012 • Parade – • Saturday, November 17, 2012
Keep Smiling • You don’t know when you may be on CAMERA
HAVE FUN & ENJOY THE PARADE THANK YOU FOR COMING The End.