Smiles and thumbs-up for the Cold Lake Cruisers. JEFF GAYE

No Santa Claus parade? No problem!

The Cold Lake Cruisers car club stepped up to deliver some happiness on the weekend. Members and other volunteers, even the Cold Lake Fire Department, cruised their decorated vehicles through Cold Lake South neighbourhoods on Saturday and Cold Lake North on Sunday. 

“After the parade was cancelled, we wanted a zero-contact idea that would bring Christmas festivities and help all the people who are isolating, without breaking any health guidelines,” said Cruisers president Tim Staples.

“We just enjoy helping the community because they’ve helped us so much over the last 20 years.”

The Cruisers brought out the float they had built for the Santa Claus parade, but it was grounded by high winds on Saturday. The float made the North rounds on Sunday, though.

It was cold both days. Winds were light on Sunday, but the temperature was -21C.

Staples had special appreciation for the: the Mud Buddies club, who did Saturday’s tour in Jeeps with the roofs and doors off.

“It’s amazing to see the lengths people will go to bring smiles to people’s faces right now,” Staples said. 

“But it’s been a really hard year, and we just want to see some smiles and give that feeling to people even if it’s just for a few minutes.”

For Sunday’s cruise, the Jeep drivers wisely opted for roofs and doors. JEFF GAYE
A quick roadside repair to the Cruisers’ parade float. JEFF GAYE
Everyone loves a classic VW Beetle!  JEFF GAYE