Event

A parade tradition continues in Halifax

Striking Herald workers had called for boycott of Parade of Lights

The 21st annual Parade of Lights was held Saturday night under rainy skies and the shadow of a 10-month-old strike by Chronicle Herald workers.

The event is put on every year by the Chronicle Herald, which has been locked in a contract dispute with its unionized workers, the Halifax Typographical Union, who walked off the job in January. The union boycotted the event.


Many families turned out for the parade in downtown Halifax.

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Shana Lawson and her three children huddle together at the parade.   Yu Zhang

“Attending the parade is like a tradition for my family,” said Shana Lawson, who attended with her three children. She’s watched the parade 20 times.

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Volunteers keep busy at the parade.   Yu Zhang

Mike Seri, from Winnipeg, has been in Halifax for six years. He said he decided to volunteer at this event because he wants to contribute to the city.

“I’m glad to see communities get together,” he said. “The parade in Halifax is longer and warmer compared with Winnipeg.”

Donations were raised for Feed Nova Scotia.