The Milton Santa Claus Parade would not be possible without the numerous dedicated volunteers who donate their time and expertise! The Committee is always looking for new volunteers for a wide range of positions. These opportunities are great for high school students looking to earn their required community hours or for those looking to meet their neighbours and be involved in their community.

The Milton Santa Claus Parade is fast approaching and the Parade Committee has arranged for a mandatory information session for all volunteers. ALL Volunteers are asked to attend the information session next Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at Milton Lions Hall above the Memorial Arena on Thompson Road from 7:00-8:30pm.. Please aim to arrive shortly after 6:15pm to give yourself time to find the meeting room and check in with the committee members. Roles will be assigned and instructions regarding where and when to meet on parade day will be provided

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE SANTA PARADE THIS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18TH!!!

First, we want to thank you to everyone who was able to attend last night’s information session….For those of you who were not able to attend, we understand that schedules can be VERY busy around the holiday season!
 
If you attended the information meeting, you will have signed up for a role with one of our committee members and been given specific instructions related to this task. Please ensure that you follow those directions regarding meeting time and place.
 
If you did not attend the meeting, please meet us Sunday between 12:30-1pm at the at the UHaul van that will be parked in the gravel driveway on the north side of Main Street between Whitmer Sr. and Scott Blvd. You will be assigned a role at this time.
 
*** NOTE THAT THE ROADS AROUND THE PARADE INCLUDING MAIN ST. CLOSE AT 1:00pm  Volunteers and bands coming via cars can park in the Delnin property which is the vacant lot on the north side of Main just east of Whitmer which will be signed and taped for parking over 100 cars. WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE NOT TO STAND ON THE STREET as we need to keep access open for entries and emergency vehicles.
 
PICK UP:
Volunteers can be picked up at the end of the parade route at the Milton GO station parking lot (beside Real Canadian Superstore) between 2:30 and 3:30pm. To avoid congestion around the dispersal area, arrangements to be picked-up can be in the Super Store parking lot.

Finally, it is expected to be sunny skies with zero degrees temperature on Sunday. Please ensure to dress appropriately /to wear layers as the weather can be unpredictable (i.e. hats, scarfs, thick gloves, sweaters, two pairs of socks, hand warmers) and good walking shoes/boots are recommended as you could be walking up to 5 km in the parade. Please feel free to wear festive colours (red and green) and themed accessories (think Santa hats, reindeer antlers, etc.).
 
High School Students:
High school students will receive a letter confirming their volunteer hours AT THE END OF THE PARADE. Letters will not be provided at any other time (via email or otherwise) so please ensure that you obtain this letter once the parade has ended.
 
Thank you again…. See you Sunday!!!

PARADE DETAILS

•The Parade is on Sunday November 18th along Main Street, starting at Whitmer St. to the GO station. All volunteers will gather at the assigned meeting place between 12:30 and 1pm where attendance will be taken and jobs will be assigned. There will be a UHaul van that will be parked in the gravel driveway on the north side of Main Street between Whitmer Sr. and Scott Blvd.
•The Parade commences at 1:30pm and will end roughly around 3:30 pm (at the Milton GO Station parking lot). Volunteers can be picked up at the end of the parade route at the Milton GO station parking lot (beside Real Canadian Superstore) between 2:30 and 3:30pm.
•High school students requiring letters confirming their volunteer hours will receive them at the end of the parade.
•We are expecting sunny skies with zero degrees temperature. Please ensure to dress appropriately /to wear layers as the weather can be unpredictable (i.e. hats, scarfs, thick gloves, sweaters, two pairs of socks, hand warmers) and good walking shoes/boots are recommended as you could be walking up to 5 km in the parade. Please feel free to wear festive colours (red and green) and themed accessories (think Santa hats, reindeer antlers, etc.).

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at volunteer.miltonsantaparade@gmail.com

The following is a brief description of some of the volunteer opportunities available:

  • Traffic Marshals are placed at strategic locations prior to the parade to greet parade participants and give them directions.
  • Parade Marshals assist the Supervising Parade Marshal to ensure the security of the parade attendees, participants and the parade route, will assist End-of-Parade Marshal to direct float traffic and participants at the end of the Parade route
  • Band Marshals assist the Supervising Band Marshal in greeting the buses, equipment trucks, cars and band people and organizing the band portion of the parade.
  • Float Marshals assist the Supervising Float Marshal in greeting the floats and giving direction to the various groups and floats, and their support vehicles
  • Banner Carriers, as the name suggests, carry the various banners advertising the sponsors of the various bands, floats or groups. It is a greater responsibility as the Carriers are actually participants in the parade and personify the Advertisers to the Spectators.
  • End-of-Parade Marshals assist the Supervising Parade Marshal and are positioned at the end of the parade and greet the band buses, equipment vehicles as they arrive to meet their various groups. Floats need to be met and safely disbursed into the dispersal area. It is a little chaotic and demands a strong sense of responsibility and some positive management skills. Parents and friends will be in the area as well as floats, large trucks, bands, parade walkers etc. Safety is a large concern.

Volunteer Entry Form

For more information on volunteering for the Parade, contact volunteer.miltonsantaparade@gmail.com or complete the form below.

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