Rule changes prompt Glace Bay firefighters to make new travel plans for Santa
CBRM updated its safety rules for parades following the tragic death of a little girl in Yarmouth
Santa Claus has cancelled his annual tour through the streets of Glace Bay.
Every year, volunteer firefighters take the jolly old elf around to various neighbourhoods on a float. It's a tradition that evolved from when Santa would ride on the back of fire truck around the community to say hello to children.
But new regulations for parades in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality mean Santa won't be travelling by float to make his visits anymore in Glace Bay.
CBRM updated its safety rules for parades following the tragic death of a little girl at a Christmas parade in Yarmouth.
"At least two people have to walk on either side of the float when there is anyone on it," said Glace Bay Fire Chief John Chant.
The float covers a lot of ground in Glace Bay to visit as many neighbourhoods as possible, and has to travel at close to 30 km/h. At that speed, it would be hard to have people walk alongside the float for the whole trip, Chant said.
Chant said every year the firefighters from Glace Bay look forward to helping Santa go around the community.
"It usually took us roughly a week of evenings," he said.
"We would go out three hours each evening for about a week and we would be able to cover most of the streets in Glace Bay, but again we feel that the guidelines purposed by the CBRM are within reason and we feel the safety of everyone involved is top priority right now."
The fire department is considering other options to help Santa spend a few evenings in different parts of the town, such as setting up a stationary float in each of the various neighbourhoods, or hosting Santa at the fire hall.
Chant said he expects to have a new plan in place by the weekend.