Trip and Event

Santa Claus Parade


Santa Parade

Where: The parade starts at Bloor and Christie Sts and goes east on Bloor to Avenue Rd. then south and around Queen's Park, continuing down University Ave to Queen St. It then goes east in pront of the Sheraton Hotel, past City Hall, to Yonge St, and south on Yonge to Front. At Front St. it goes east and ends at Church St. Quick Tip: The 2008 Parade starts at 12.30 on Sunday November 16.


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Toronto, Ontario - The annual Santa Claus Parade is enjoyed by television viewing families from Norway to New Zealand. It was started in 1905 as a publicity stunt by the Timothy Eaton Department store. The first year Santa arrived on foot, but by 1910 he was in a carriage was drawn by 8 reindeer imported from Labrador. With funding by Eaton's for 77 years, the parade continued to grow in popularity and size, adding floats with nursery rhyme characters, bands, etc. Today it's a not-for-profit organization, which receives funding from Canadian Corporations, including 100 executives who contribute $1000 each year to dress as 'celebrity' clowns. About 1500 volunteers man elaborate floats, march in bands, and participate as clowns and costumed characters. They lead Santa past about a half-million people who line the streets of Toronto for the annual mid-November event. Each year, 13,000 volunteers at Canada Post help with the more than one million children from around the world who write to: Santa Claus North Pole, Canada, H0H 0H0