December 8, 2009

The New West News Leader Reports:

Parade crashers stage Santa 'dance party' on Columbia Street

"Everybody was surprised," said Melanie Vogel, executive director of Hyack Festival Association, which organized the parade.

The mob of Santa-clad revellers were making lots of noise, many carrying "boom box" stereos. The group was dancing and cheering as they joined the parade—an unofficial entry.

"It was not organized by Hyack at all," said Vogel, adding that most people in the crowd thought it was all quite funny and entertaining.

The group had a portable trampoline, and a few had sleds that they carried along.

Most wore Santa robes and hats—some quite elaborate, while others looked cobbled together. A few others wore risqué Ms. Claus outfits.

The group danced its way with the parade down towards New Westminster SkyTrain Station, at the corner of Eighth and Columbia, where they lingered and continued their "dance party."

The crowd seemed to enjoy the spectacle, Vogel said.

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