The white stuff would have likely given organizers of Saturday’s Magic of Christmas Parade more than a few challenges.
But the wet stuff that did end up pouring down, at times torrentially, on people’s heads didn’t exactly make for ideal conditions, either.
But both entries and visitors at the parade that drifts annually along Fraser Highway made the best of their situation.
Braving the rain and wind gusts, hundreds lined Fraser Highway to watch the parade entries that ran the gamut from martial arts schools, to dancers, to marching bands, to politicians. Taking up the rear of the parade was Santa and Mrs. Claus, who were towed in a carriage by a pair of Clydesdales.
Nearby, Douglas Recreation Centre hosted the Country Christmas, and once again, sculptors Bruce Waugh and David Dureault combined their talents to create a snow scene near the centre’s entrance.
Following the parade, City Council members and Santa and Mrs. Claus presided over the lighting of a giant Christmas tree at Douglas Park.