‘Devastated by the accident’

MaCali, who would have turned five in January, was attending Yarmouth’s Christmas Parade of Lights on Saturday evening. She was running alongside a moving float when she fell underneath, RCMP say. She was treated immediately at the scene by first responders and taken to Yarmouth Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Organizers of the parade said in a  post that they are “devastated by the traumatic accident during the Christmas Parade of Lights. We, along with the community, mourn the family’s loss and are praying for everyone affected. The focus is on coming together as a community and helping this family through a very difficult time.”

A candlelight vigil is planned for Monday night in MaCali’s honour at Yarmouth’s Frost Park at 7 p.m. Donation jars will be available to help her family and attendees are being encouraged to wear purple, MaCali’s favourite colour.

“Everybody is quite sad, but everybody is trying to pull together to help the family out as much as possible, so they don’t have to worry about nothing,” said one of the vigil organizers, Kendra Mills.

“We’re all here to help, and you know like we live in a small community but when something tragic like this happens we all come together.”

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