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Ho Ho Ho, It’s That Time of Year.

December is one of the nicest, albeit busiest, months, and of course, this year is no exception. I have been privileged to host the Scugog Santa Claus parade for Rogers TV for the past five years, and I must say, this year’s parade was bigger and better than ever.

The actual parade was held December 3rd, but if you missed it, you can watch it on Rogers TV, starting Sunday, December 11th. In the event you do not have access to Rogers, it will also be viewable on YouTube, both on my website ( and the Scugog Chamber of Commerce website.

This year’s theme was ‘Rockin’ Christmas’, and what made this parade so wonderful were the 500 participants, who rocked their socks off, as they danced their way along Simcoe and Queen Streets in Port Perry.

The parade was once again presented by the Scugog Chamber of Commerce, the Township of Scugog, the Port Perry Lions Club and Rogers TV.

There were 40 floats, all decorated from top to bottom with lights, toys and lots of people, dressed for the season. Dignitaries such as MPP Todd McCarthy and our newly elected town council waved as they braved the chilling, windy weather.

There were a dozen or so characters, walking the parade route as well. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the Grinch, a gingerbread person and of course the Chamber mascot, Chamberlain, the dog.

The parade was led by our town crier, Bill McKee, who was followed by a special, surprise guest. None other than Elvis, who rocked the streets as his float went by. Jackson Begley has been an Elvis tribute artist, since