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Charlottetown councillor wants to move day of Christmas parade

Santa waves out to the crowd during the 2018 Christmas Parade in Charlottetown.
Santa waves out to the crowd during the 2018 Christmas Parade in Charlottetown. - Mitch MacDonald
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Coun. Mitchell Tweel said the City of Charlottetown should move the annual Christmas parade to Sunday on a permanent basis.

The Charlottetown Christmas parade is traditionally held on the last Saturday in November, but weather conditions moved the most recent event to the following day.

Tweel said the feedback he has received from the public and businesses is that Sunday is a better day with less traffic on the roads.

Laurel Lea, the city’s tourism officer, said the challenge is that Kensington’s parade also falls on the Sunday following the last Saturday in November and bands booked for Charlottetown are usually also booked for the Kensington event. There has been an unofficial handshake agreement between the two municipalities not to run their parades on the same day.

Lea said Charlottetown lost a lot of bands this past year because the bands were already committed to the Kensington parade.

Tweel suggested asking Kensington to move their parade to Saturday.

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