PORT AUX BASQUES, NL – The town held its annual Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 5, shortly after the rain stopped.
A variety of brightly decorated floats were judged on Christmas theme, workmanship and originality.
Top honour went to the Charles L. LeGrow Hospital again this year. C&C Enterprises took second place, and the Gulf News not only entered a float for the first time in many years, but also took home the third-place award.
The Leading Edge Credit Union, The Great Canadian Dollar Store and Delta Waterfowl were also recognized for their floats.
“I had a blast,” said J. R. Roy, who played The Grinch for the Gulf News float and was mobbed by adoring children at the end of the route. He posed happily with them for photos, and even cuddled a wide-eyed baby.
As the Grinch, Roy performed a comedy routine for the duration of the parade, whipping a wooden Max when he thought his driver was too slow, and teasing onlookers with packages before pretending to yank them away.
He might have been stingy but his three Whoville assistants, portrayed by newspaper carriers Sam Carter, Travis Mauger and RJ Keeping, freely passed out handfuls of candy along the route.
Despite having a sore foot Mauger still walked the entire two hours it took to reach Grand Bay from the Channel area.
The Gulf News offers its congratulations to all of the winning entries and participants. We also extend a huge thanks to our trusty carriers, and the following volunteers who worked so hard for weeks to build our float:
J. R. Roy (aka The Grinch)
Rick Lillington (aka elf float driver)
Una (Queen) Lillington
Marilyn Lillington Underhill
Janet Kendrick Key