Solstice Parade

The Winter Solstice Parade made its way through Winnipeg's north end, with participants handing out gifts to people. (CBC)

Dozens of people braved the cold weather to take part in the Winter Solstice Parade that celebrates the first day of winter and gives people a chance to give back to the community. 

People walked down several streets in the north end handing out Christmas gifts to those who are less fortunate during the holidays. 

Along with the gifts, warm clothing and food was also handed out. 

Althea Guiboche, who is known as the "Bannock lady" organized the event. She said she wanted to make a contribution to those in need at this time of year. 

"They're very low income," explained Guiboche. "They could use winter toiletries. I've been gathering things for the past month-and-a-half. Just to make everyone have a good holiday."

Stacey Wozny brought her grand children out to see the parade.

"Getting out in the cold and giving out to people who are actually standing here, it's awesome," she said. 

The parade ran from the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre on Dufferin Avenue to the Thunderbird House on Main Street.