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2013 Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade –
Tips For Making This Event Safe & Enjoyable for You and Your Family

Santa Claus ParadePermanent snow has yet to make its way to Winnipeg this fall, but that doesn’t mean our community is not ready for an advance visit by Jolly Old Saint Nick.

November 16th marks his arrival, serving as guest of honour at the Santa Claus Parade, so let’s make this a happy and happening event for everyone.

Winnipeg Police will not only be participating in the parade. Many more officers and cadets will be on duty to help make this another safe and successful event; however we all have a role in making that possible.

Following are some reminders for those taking in the event this year with youngsters:

  • Keep Connected to Your Kids – This event always attracts huge crowds, which makes it easy for little people to get separated from their group. Holding hands with your kids while making your way through the crowd goes a long way toward keeping everyone safe and together.
  • Use a stroller – Santa will be rolling up on wheels for this event, so why not let your child do the same? Again, strollers can help keep your child safe and secure as you make your way to and from your parade viewing vantage point.
  • Keep your child within arm’s reach - If your child is too old for hand holding or a stroller, make sure that your child is always within arm’s reach.
  • Make sure you child has some identification he or she can share. No, this is not for Santa and his helpers. It’s always a good idea, when you and your family are going to be in a large crowd, to have some sort of identification your child can hold. That way, if your child is separated from you, the person trying to help him or her will know who to contact.
  • Carry an up-to-date photo - Always have an up-to-date photo of your child with you when your family goes out and take note of what your child is wearing so that you can provide a good description should he or she go missing. A digital photo is even easier to share if needed.
  • Have a Smart Phone? Add #FindMeID – This new mobile app created by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection helps parents report missing children. The app stores photos and information about children that can be quickly sent to police agencies. It also gives parents instructions on what to do if their children are missing.
  • Remind Your Children We’re Here to Help: Ensure your child knows to find a police officer or a cadet and ask for help if they are lost or in need of assistance. All too often we joke with our little ones about police officers being there to take people away when they are bad. While that is partially true, above all we are there to help and we need to let little kids know this!
  • Have fun, be merry – Everyone is out there to have a great time. Let’s keep spirits bright. Sure, traffic can sometimes be troublesome, crowds can be cumbersome and there are always a few people on hand who may not yet be in the holiday spirit; but let’s keep things positive.

Know that the Winnipeg Police Service, our co-workers from across the City of Winnipeg and community partners such as the Winnipeg Downtown BIZ and Manitoba Hydro will be there to help make this the merriest of events.

If we can help in some way, do not be afraid to ask.

At the very least please do stop by and say hello! Oh ya, and watch for us in this year’s parade!

Chief Devon Clunis will be riding on our vintage paddy wagon, many more members will be walking the route in our old buffalo coats, and watch for our honourary police officer of the day who will be riding along in one our cruiser cars. She has a life-threatening illness and the wish she requested from the Dream Factory was to ride along with us in this year’s parade.

Chief Devon Clunis at 2012 Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade - Courtesy CHRISD.CA

Enjoy the night!

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