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by George Malik on 12/01/13 at 12:20 AM ET
I've asked many of my Canadian friends how they differentiate "Christmastime" from the rest of the year given that they celebrate Thanksgiving on Columbus Day (i.e. in early October), and their answer is usually the same: "We have a Christmas parade in late November."
Windsor held a parade as part of its "Winter Fest" activities on Saturday, and the Windsor Star's Rebecca Wright reports that the parade's grand marshal stole the show:
Downtown Windsor’s Winter Fest Saturday featured a man known for wearing red and white, but famous for delivering goals rather than presents. Red Wings hockey legend Gordie Howe was the grand marshal of the event’s parade, which drew thousands to line Ouellette Avenue Saturday afternoon.
“This is the best day ever,” said longtime Wings fan Allen Garvey, who was able to get Howe to sign his jersey and hat before the parade began.
“I got to shake his hand and everything,” said Garvey, smiling ear to ear as he watched his hockey idol interact with other fans before the parade began.
From carollers to horse-drawn carriage rides, roasted chestnuts and giant igloo, the second annual Winter Fest transformed downtown Windsor into a winter wonderland, said Larry Horwitz, chair of the Downtown Windsor BIA, which hosts the event.
But Howe was a definite highlight this year, said Horwitz.
“It was a real treat having him here,” said Horwitz, adding Howe graciously hugged and talked with fans both Saturday during Winter Fest and Friday night during a welcoming event, also held downtown. “For a short time he and Lindsay had a home together in Windsor, so he was talking about his old days in Windsor practicing at Windsor Arena and walking the streets here, so he has a tremendous fondness for Windsor.”
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