Chamber, police and Sikhs make Lindsay’s spirit bright
Lindsay community to gather Friday night for the annual Christmas Celebration beginning at 6 p.m.
LINDSAY – The time of year when Santa is everywhere and the community is compelled to come together has arrived. On Friday, Dec. 14, the community is welcomed to line the streets for the Lindsay Christmas Celebration featuring a parade, a chance to meet Santa and free hot chocolate, apple cider, cookies, candies and much more.
The parade starts at 6 p.m. at the Lindsay Strathmore Memorial Building at 775 N. Elmwood St. and proceeds south on Elmwood, navigating the streets of Lindsay to the Lindsay Police Department. There, every boy and girl will have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus and receive a toy from the Lindsay Police Officers Association.
The Sikh community will be cooking full meals for all attendees as supplies last. Last year, the Lindsay Sikh community donated $500 to purchase toys for the city’s annual Santa Night, a 25-year-old tradition where more than 1,300 children receive a gift from Santa Claus. All of the toys are donated or collected by the officers.
“Everyone wants to see the beautiful smiles on children’s faces when they receive their toy and food,” said Inkonkar Kaur, speaking on behalf of the local Sikhs last year. “We always want to share happiness with others in our community.”
Raj Singh, owner of Chevron City Food Mart in Lindsay, said there are about five Sikh families that make their home in Lindsay and another five Sikh families who own businesses in town but live elsewhere.
“The Sikh community has always been donating money for the Christmas toy drive and serving food at local parades,” Singh said.
A Posada — the traditional Hispanic Christmas celebration that re-enacts Joseph and Mary’s search to find a room at the inn for the baby Jesus to be born — will be held at Lindsay City Hall.
The Lindsay Chamber of Commerce, Lindsay Police Department, Lindsay Sikh Community, The Spirit and the Bride Kingdom coalition are sponsoring the celebration.
If you are interested in being in the parade, download your entry form, fill it out and turn it in to the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce by tomorrow, Dec. 13.