Incredibly Beautiful Christmas Lighted Truck Parade

cdngreenwaterdiverPublished: December 3, 2017Updated: December 4, 20174 plays$0.01 earned
Published: December 3, 2017Updated: December 4, 2017

Information provided by The Times Colonist : Video recorded by Katherine McMath.
This annual event took place December 2,2017 in Victoria ,British Columbia.
Eighty brightly decorated commercial trucks will take a 35-kilometre cruise from Ogden Point, in Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia Canada, through the streets of the capital region, with the goal of collecting non-perishable food items for local food banks.
It was more than Christmas spirit that motivated Rob Alden to be first in line at Ogden Point for the annual Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive.
Alden, 28, rolled in as soon as he could Saturday afternoon behind the wheel of a white Kenworth truck that belonged to his grandfather Bob Richardson, who passed away this year.
“Bob and his wife, Lynda, have been our biggest supporters for years. They’ve always been the first here and she volunteers every year,” said a spokesman for Island Equipment Owners Association.
Determined to “keep on truckin’ ” and uphold tradition, Alden and his son Brody, 5, decorated the truck and drove the route with Lynda in honour of her husband.
“As long as grandma keeps the truck, we’ll keep doing this,” said Alden, whose grandfather drove the fancy “grocerygetter” in the long-running charity event for 18 years.
Eighty lighted trucks participated in the family-friendly event, which sees equipment owners drive through several communities before ending up at Western Speedway in Langford. Spectators are encouraged to drop off donations for local food banks along the route.
“This is such a great event for a good cause and I see a lot of my friends,” said Peter Strazza. He arrived from Duncan, where he drives a mint-green Volvo 30-wheeler for Marpole Transport.
As always, the spectacle of a glittering array of big rigs festooned with elaborate Christmas lighting displays and characters — the Grinch, smiling snowmen, Elmo and Santa Claus were all present — was a sight to behold. There was even a B.C. Transit bus sporting antlers and a giant red nose.
Before the parade got rolling, there was festive fun to be had at an event sponsored by the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.
“It puts you in a festive mood pretty quickly,” said Briana Williams, 24, who showed up with her friend Tyler Norgaard, 24, just as Santa Claus arrived on a Seaspan tugboat.
“It’s not every day you seen Santa arrive by tugboat,” said Victoria singer Stephanie Greaves, who welcomed Santa to a West Coast version of Santa’s Workshop on Ogden Point after singing Frosty the Snowman.
“Everybody’s so happy at this time of year,” Greaves said.
“Nothing pleases me more than looking around at the crowd and seeing so many smiling faces.”
There’s another reason this is the most wonderful time of the year for Greaves, she said: “I get to wear sparkles.”
Many of the volunteers also had reason to smile, remembering the pouring rain that soaked spectators during the popular holiday event last year.
“This weather is phenomenal,” said Jeff Lumley, wearing a safety vest while directing traffic.
“We’re all high-fiving because the sun is shining and there’s no rain.”
What a fun parade, they even had "snow" which was actually created from a bubble maker, as it is still too warm on Vancouver Island to have actual snow.

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