Saturday night’s cold rain and brisk wind didn’t slow down the Aldergrove Christmas Light Up Parade, nor did the conditions stop people from lining both sides of Fraser Highway in downtown Aldergrove from watching the entries go past.
The parade marked its 22nd year on Dec. 12 and was followed by a post-parade street party hosted by the Aldergrove Business Association.
“From our standpoint, our community came through again, thick or thin, rain or shine,” parade organizer Karen Long said. “We donned our jackets and umbrellas and celebrated Christmas is Aldergrove.”
A couple of the parade entries cancel, however a couple extra showed up, Long noted.
“The rain held out during the parade assembly so everyone had time to tweak their lights and decorations before the parade began,” Long said.
The ABA did “another fantastic job” with the parade after party, complete with hot dogs served up by the Aldergrove Rotary and popcorn by the Otter Co-op, Long said.
A bit of shuffling around was required, with Santa moving inside by Extra Foods and the band Her Brothers being “very disappointed that they could not play due to the rain,” Long said.
“They were a big part of the event last year.”
Studio One Dance Centre led the Flash Mob and held performances on in the parking lot.
“The rain sure didn’t dampen their spirits,” noted Long.
The Walt Levy Residential Light Up award was presented to Darren Pennington and Kassandra Ford.
“They are new to our community and we are sure glad they are here,” Long said.