Two parades will cruise the waterways and streets of Canyon Lake next weekend: the Parade of Lights boat parade on Saturday, December 10, and the 6th annual Golf Cart Parade and Toy Drive on Sunday, December 11.
The annual Golf Cart Parade and Toy Drive, hosted by the Streets Cart of Canyon Lake Club, started in 2011 with about 20 golf carts, Last year, 47 golf carts participated. “The creativity gets bigger and better every year too,” says Mike Shroyer, the club’s president.
Residents interested in participating in the parade should decorate their golf carts with holiday lights and decor and meet at the staging area on the corner of Canyon Lake Dr. South and Blue Bird Dr. on Sunday, December 11, between 5 and 5:30 p.m.
The lineup at the staging area is part of the fun. “It’s like one big block party,” says a resident who participated in the parade last year.
Santa Claus and his sleigh cart will lead the procession beginning at 6 p.m. The parade will travel on Canyon Lake Dr. almost to the East Gate. The turn around is at Windward Dr. From there the parade will travel on Canyon Lake Dr. to Canyon Club Dr., ending at the Lodge where the toys will be collected and Mike will present the golf cart awards for Best in Show.
Residents who are not participating in the parade are invited to line the parade route and cheer on the festive carts as they pass by. Like the Fiesta Day Parade, many of the participants in the Golf Cart Parade throw candy to the spectators.
Spectators also are invited to partake in the Toy Drive by giving an unwrapped toy to Santa or any of the golf carts that drive by; toys will be deliver to the Lodge where the parade ends.
The club plans to donate the toys to the Calvary Canyon Hills Food Pantry, an organization Mike and his wife are involved in.