Santa's coming Home for the Holidays ... but not the parade
Santa's Home for the Holidays parade Saturday evening is cancelled, due to the weather.
Organizers issued this statement just before noon Friday: "Due to the likelihood of sub-zero evening temperatures and a substantial volume of participant cancellations, the Santa's Home for the Holidays parade in Cloquet on Saturday, December 7, 2013, has been cancelled. All other holiday weekend events in Cloquet are expected to continue as planned."
That's because all the other events are inside, where participants won't get frostbite after 30 minutes.
Many of the annual favorites are back, including a craft show at the Armory, a chili and soup dinner (and more) at Queen of Peace Friday evening and several productions of the County Seat Theater's annual Christmas production, which is "Miracle in Bedford Falls" this year.
Saturday is the busiest day for the community celebration, with a pancake breakfast and Holiday Expo at Churchill Elementary School and a cookie walk and country store at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in the morning, plus wagon rides (an enclosed mobility van will also be available) between events at MCCU and Cloquet Ford in the afternoon. At MCCU from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Mrs. Claus will be telling stories, tattoo artist Maura will be painting faces and there will be treats and a fire pit. Things start a little earlier (from 1-4:30 p.m.) at Cloquet Ford, where there will be cookie decorating and four magic shows (at 1:15, 2, 2:45 and 3:30 p.m.).
New to the celebration this year, Shooting Stars Dance Studio is offering free dance lessons from 3-5 p.m. Saturday.
Of course, the parade would have been the highlight Saturday, but it is cancelled.
However, families are invited to the Armory for a movie ("Home Alone 2") and treats starting at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, where they can be nice and warm indoors.
During the storm Wednesday, co-organizer Ryanne Battaglia said she thinks all the snow will get people revved up for the event.
"Really the only worry is the temperature -- the snow gets everyone in the holiday spirit," Battaglia said. Birman said many people are supporting this year's Home for the Holidays.
"I would really like to thank all the businesses that jump in and financially support this event, and the city of Cloquet as well," Birman said. "It's so neat how this community comes together."
Find the complete schedule on Page A10 of this week's Pine Journal.