What’s better than a Santa parade in Victoria? A lit up truck parade, that’s what!
With a parade on this scale comes thousands of people wanting to catch a glimpse of the annual event.
Given the amount of onlookers this event draws, VicPD will be taking precautions to ensure everyone’s safety including road closures and temporary CCTV cameras throughout the route.
The trucks will begin their crawl at around 5:40 p.m. at the Ogden Point breakwater. They’ll travel eastbound along Dallas Road through Oak Bay before returning to Victoria at approximately 7 p.m.
The parade will then make its way along Fort Street to Yates Street, southbound on Blanshard Street and westbound on Belleville Street.
After its downtown trek is complete, it will head northbound on Douglas Street into Saanich before concluding the crawl in the West Shore at around 8:30 p.m.
Along the parade route, police officers with VicPD, Oak Bay Police, West Shore RCMP and Saanich Police will be on hand to enforce road closures.
Police say traffic will be delayed throughout the Greater Victoria area during the parade.
Similarly to the Santa Claus parade last weekend, temporary CCTV cameras will be dispersed along the parade’s route.
“The deployment of these cameras is part of our operations to help keep the event safe, peaceful and family-friendly and is in keeping with both provincial and federal privacy laws,” said Cst. Terri Healy of VicPD.
“The cameras will be taken down once the events have concluded.”
VicPD says that this is due to the inner harbour being an active flight zone for float planes and helicopters. Because of this, drones are strictly prohibited under Transport Canada’s authority.