Getting a leg up on Christmas

Salmon Arm Observer sales consultants want a Christmas parade in 2017.

Santa will be coming to town, but not for another 10 months.

That hasn’t stopped two Salmon Arm Observer sales consultants from looking ahead.

Laura Lavigne and Tammy Howkins believe Salmon Arm should reinstate the annual Santa Claus parade and are asking city council to give them the go-ahead for a “nighttime extravaganza” at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1.

“We’d like to build some excitement in town for Christmas and bring families together,” says Lavigne, noting the proposed parade would follow the same route as the annual Fall Fair Parade. “We hope this will grow into having different events; this could be the kickoff for a hockey game or late-night shopping.”

In their letter to council, Lavigne and Howkins have noted their willingness to strike a committee to organize what they hope will become a successful annual event.

“Our intention is to have brightly lighted floats, and we hope council is willing to have an official downtown “lighting up” at the same time,” reads the letter. “Many people have spoken with us and have said they very much want this event and no one can understand why Salmon Arm does not have anything along this line, when smaller places such as Enderby, Blind Bay etc do.”

The letter is on the Feb. 14 City of Salmon Arm council agenda.

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