Held as an evening Parade of Lights for the last 10 years, the Quyon Christmas parade was switched to 2 pm on Dec.10 to great success. Traditionally hosted by the Quyon Lions and Lionettes, the change in time was intended to allow younger members of the community to take part as well as relieve float builders of the necessity of lighting their displays. Nine floats - including the one carrying a particularly jolly Santa Claus - took part in this year's parade. At the Beach Barn, adults and children were treated to hot chocolate and hot dogs, served by the Lionettes, while they waited for a word with Santa. This year the food was donated by local business people Robert Pilon and Joanne Marcotte.
"It was a great turn-out, especially with all the children taking part," said Lions organizer Adam Bernier. "The hall was packed. Overall it was a great success with so much community support, both taking part in the parade and watching it."
First prize for the best decorated float was the Maison de la Famille: the trailer simply loaded with kids and festooned with toys. Second was Bob Proulx Jr., with family and friends either on horse back and horse drawn wagons. Third prize was taken by Tim Hortons Camp for the colossal tree on their truck and wreaths on the wheels.
The Pontiac Fire Department led the parade with three vehicles.
Firefighters handed out candy canes to watching children.
L and J Towing came next, featuring the loudest horn in the business.
Tim Hortons Camp did a great job decorating their corporate truck with the best hubcap wreaths.
The Maison de la Famille float, voted best in the parade, featured toys, music, a giant tortoise mascot and more toys.
Who can this lovely chaton be?
Denis St. Laurent entered his seasonally-themed ATV.
Proud Lionettes of the future.
Bob Proulx Jr. led a cavalcade of horses and wagons. The following group of riders represented Happy Home Cleaning.
A beautiful Canadian horse.
The parade was also fun for pooches.
MdlF mascot Shelley says "have a protected Christmas!"
For some, the end of the parade was as engaging as the parade itself.
The line-up was long but everyone was happy, because, Santa, you're worth it.