TORONTO, Ont. – The weather was dry and pleasant as Toronto welcomed “Jolly Old St. Nick” to town Sunday, for the 108th annual Santa Claus Parade.
More than a million people were expected to attend the parade, where twenty-eight floats and 22 bands marched through the downtown core.
It’s the largest children’s parade in North America, and although the actual parade didn’t get moving until 12:30 p.m., parade-goers were advised to get there early because spots fill up fast.
“There will be 2,500 volunteers taking part in the parade,” said Peter Beresford, President of the Santa Claus Parade.
The forecast for Sunday called for morning clouds, followed by a mix of sun and cloud for the afternoon with a high near 9 C. That meant the thousands of people who lined the roads were able to dress comfortably to enjoy the parade.
Earlier this week, 680News was invited to Santa’s workshop for a preview of the parade floats. One of the floats celebrates the 100th edition of the Grey Cup.
“We’ve got a 14-foot replica of the Grey Cup and a huge football player,” CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon said.
Mrs. Claus, who joined Santa at the parade, told those camped out thatthey can follow the jolly old man on his route with a special app.
“You can download from the Santa Claus Parade website, and you can see exactly where Santa is,” Mrs. Claus said.
Kids were also reminded to bring their letters for Santa, according to Beresford.
“Just write to the Santa Claus Parade at the North Pole, HOHOHO,” Beresford said.
The parade started at Bloor and Christie streets, headed along Bloor Street to University Avenue, then went down to Wellington Street, ending at St. Lawrence Market at Front and Jarvis streets.
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GO train extended service
- GO Transit is running extra service on all of its train lines. Click here for details.
- In addition, a flat rate pass is being made available. For $20, a group pass allows five people to ride all day.