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  1. Monster March

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    With over 1,000 participants, the 2022 Monster March Parade was a spook-tacular event and a great opportunity to dress up and see Elora. Don’t be haunted by the thought of missing out this year. The free non-motorized parade sure to be a hit for the whole family (including pets!) The parade ends each year with free treats for everyone.

    Julie Denneny, along with a crew of community volunteers brought the March to the streets in 2007 and it has been a main event during Monster Month ever since. Families (including pets!) are encouraged to dress up in their favourite costume and participate.

    We ask participants and viewers to please bring cash or donations for the Food Bank.


  2. Elora Santa Claus Parade

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    This year’s Elora Lions Santa Claus Parade theme is parade of lights.

    The parade will take place on Nov. 30 at 6:15pm travelling south on Geddes Street from Sophia Street, veering right onto Metcalfe Street, turning left onto Mill Street just before the Badley Bridge and ending at Bissell Park.

    From about a half hour before the parade to its conclusion, the route from the Geddes and Mathieson Street intersection to the north and the Irvine and Mill Street intersection to the east will be closed. Roads intersecting the route will be blocked at the intersection.

    Lion Joe Van der Borre said the Centre Wellington Food Bank will appear early in the parade to collect non-perishable food donations. Canada post will also collect letters to Santa Claus.

    At the parade’s conclusion Santa will attend a meet and greet at the Elora Centre for the Arts on Melville Street.

    “We have to have special permission to do that by Mrs. Claus but she’s gracious enough to allow him to take a few extra minutes to do that,” Van der Borre said.

    For more information visit www.eloralions.org.

  3. Elora Horse and Hound Parade

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    Set amongst one of Ontario’s most beautiful villages, Elora will host the pomp and circumstance of the Elora Horse and Hound parade, benefiting Groves Memorial Hospital and the Canadian Cancer Society.

    Starting at 1:00pm, set against the spectacular autumn scenery of the Village.  Up to 25 riders in traditional livery along with the Eglinton and Caledon Hounds will promenade around down town Elora collecting free-will donations as they go. There are amazing photo opportunities along the way and a chance to say hello to the miniature, cuddly and chubby donation ponies!

    The Elora Horse and Hound parade is actively raising funds to assist the Groves Hospital and more recently the Canadian Cancer Society. Previous years’ attendance has been estimated to be 3,000 people!

    To date, more than $45,000 has been raised in support of these charities.

    We hope for an even larger attendance and an even more generous spirit as the horses and happy hounds take to the streets again this year.

    Let your friends and family know about this spectacular autumn event!

    Wishing to donate to Groves Hospital Foundation:
     Fill out the donation form here.

    Wishing to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society?

    Fill out the donation form here.

  4. Dominion Day in Elora

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    Celebrate Canada in the prettiest village!

    Elora’s Dominion Day is a wonderful community celebration and you’re invited.  Bring everyone! And don’t forget to buy your rubber duckie from the CW Rotary team for the annual duck race! QUACK!!

    Here’s the day’s line-up:

    7-11am – The Elora Firefighter’s Association host a delicious pancake breakfast at MacDonald Square. (They bring the fire trucks too!)

    8-11am – The Soap Box Derby races from the starting line at David and Geddes St and crosses the finish line near the TD Bank. It’s so much fun. Come cheer with us!

    11am – The Dominion Day Parade rolls through the heart of the village. Bring your flags and get ready to wave them.

    12-1:30pm – Bissell Park hosts plenty of fun activities, including live music, activities for the kids, the “Diamonds in the Ruff” dog agility show, and some fine Scottish Highland dancing from the Blue Bonnett Lassies.

    And if the pancakes didn’t fill you, enjoy free hot dogs and drinks from the Elora Lions! (first come, first served)

    1:30 – The CW Rotary Club tosses the rubber duckies into the Grand River for a race too adorable to miss. You just never know who will win.

    Come experience the traditions of community, family and fun in honour of our beautiful nation on Dominion Day in Elora.



  5. Elora Monster March Parade

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    Gather together and wander along … all you need is a costume and you’ll belong.


    The Monster March


    Get your Halloween ON! The annual Monster March Parade is a tradition of family-friendly fun that brings out the ghouls, the zombies, and yes, the princesses and Super Heroes too. You’ve never experienced a Halloween event like this!

    • A costumed event open to anyone, of any age.
    • A non-motorized parade that winds through the main street of Elora.
    • The event is FREE to participate in, and of course, free to watch.
    • Monsters gather at MacDonald Square, outside the Township of Centre Wellington’s Municipal Offices at 6pm.
    • The parade begins at 6:30pm.
    • It takes approximately 30 minutes to walk the parade route.
    • It’s a casual walk, so just enjoy the stroll and walk along.
    • Feel free to play some fun Halloween-themed music to keep everyone in your Monster posse in step. (Organizers ask that you only play Halloween music, because Monsters don’t like the Back Street Boys. This is a fact. Ask any Monster.)
    • Dogs dressed in costume are welcome too! (Because who doesn’t love a wiener dog dressed like a hot dog, am I right?)




    The Monster Route:


    The route follows Metcalfe Street South to Mill Street East and follows to the Elora Centre of the Arts on Melville Street. Road closures will be in place along these routes.


    Monster minders:


    Marching your little monsters? Here’s a few tips to keep them safe:

    • Make sure they can see clearly if wearing a mask or anything around their faces. Let’s keep the Monsters marching.
    • Be sure they won’t trip on the longer costumes. Monsters don’t like ouchies.
    • It will be getting dark early, so be sure the kids have reflective marks on their costumes (we’re thinking post-parade safety for when you walk back to your car, home, Monster castle).
    • We highly recommend glow sticks or flash lights, (even though we all know Monsters are not afraid of the dark).
    • The event is rain or moonshine. It won’t rain. And even if it does, only the Wicked Witch melted with water, so we’re safe.
    • Dress layered for the weather because even Monsters get chilly.
    • Strollers and wagons are a great option, because you don’t want cranky Monsters on the walk. Maybe pack a snack too, because well … cranky.


    Don’t forget your non-perishable food donations! Volunteers will be collecting food and cash donations along the Monster March Parade route to support the Centre Wellington Food Bank.

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