The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of issues for our culture, not the least of which is the cancellation of just about every public event and celebration. So, how do you hold a Christmas Parade that if done normally would violate multiple regulations pertaining to both social distancing and crowd size? What was needed was a barrier that would move with the parade to protect both the audience and participants.
As has been done successfully in many cities in Ontario, the Innisfil Community Events Corporation (ICE Corp) switched the roles of the audience and the participants and used the bubbles of the viewer’s vehicles to protect everybody involved. Instead of taking the floats to the streets, they parked them in the back-parking lot of the Innisfil Recreation Centre and let attendees drive around them on a fixed course.
It is easy to say, when viewing the size of the lineup of cars waiting to see the show, that the innovative event was a huge success.
We would like to thank the following sponsors of the Ontario Community Awareness Network. These businesses show they care about our shared community by helping us to provide a locally-focused truly local voice to you and your neighbours. They also enable our crew to be able to continue providing donated services to promote local benevolent community groups and charities based in The City of Barrie, the Town of Innisfil, and the Township of Oro-Medonte.
Assisting You Social - Social Media Management
Backcountry K9 Kennel - Day Care, Overnight, and Grooming
BarterPay Simcoe County - Business Promotion
Beauty & Babes - Salon and Spa
Checkered Door - Transition to Adult ASD
Enterprise Mechanical Inc. - Heating and Air Conditioning
Family TLC - Family Counselling and Therapy
Fionn MacCool's Barrie - Pub
Growing Minds Learning Centre - Daycare Centre
Hwear Plus/Canadian Toggle - Personal Protection
Imagine Laserworks Barrie - Laser Acupuncture Services
Jack’s Urban Jungle - Indoor Adventure Park
Latchman Insurance Brokers Limited - Providing All Types
LiceSquad.com Barrie South Simcoe - Lice Removal
Michael Enterprise Audio & Visual
Northlink General Contracting
Still Moving Osteopathy - People and Pets
Theatre By The Bay - Live Performances
3B Solutions - Video and Media
For more information about how your business can benefit from membership in the Ontario Community Awareness Network, please visit www.cityofbarrie.net
Videography by John Ironside
Post-production by Tiffany Scott and John Ironside