Local 793 members, staff and their families gathered in Oakville to participate in the Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 16, 2019. Each received a specially designed 100th anniversary scarf.
The union was the parade’s lead float and wowed the thousands of children and parents along the route.
“Local 793 led the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March and we led just about every Labour Day Parade across the province in September. Now, we’re leading the Oakville Santa Claus parade.
“It’s been one hell of a year,” business manager Mike Gallagher said.
This year’s float was decorated to reflect 100 years of skilled operating engineers who have help build and shape Ontario. The float displayed cartoon-like characters of the Royal York Hotel, the CN Tower and SkyDome (now Rogers Centre); three iconic structures that the union’s members helped build.
Oakville North-Burlington MP Pam Damoff and new Federal MP for Oakville Anita Anand stopped by to say hello to business manager Gallagher and vice-president Joe Dowdall.
The parade route began downtown Oakville at Lakeshore Road and Reynolds Street and traveled west along Lakeshore to Kerr Street, north on Kerr to Stewart Street and ended at Felan Avenue.
The Oakville Santa Claus Parade has been delighting audiences for 70 years, bringing joy to young and young at heart since 1948.