A chill has definitely hit the air; I've pulled the mittens and hats out of storage; and it's time to think about Christmas. For many in the GTA, the official start of the holiday season comes with the arrival of Santa Claus for the annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade. This event is the largest children’s parade in North America and the largest outdoor entertainment event held in Canada every year. Mrs. Claus will be joining the parade again this year, so she's clearly been enjoying these trips to our city. It was lovely to see her again at the media event I attended last week. (I had the chance to interview Mrs. Claus last year this time.)
Many of the floats were still under construction last week when we visited the secret workshop. Santa's helpers were hard at work building and decorating while we milled around and took it all in. These will be stunning as always when they hit the parade route on Sunday!
“So much thought, dedication, and hard-work goes into creating the Santa Claus Parade floats each year,” says Alf Iannarelli, Santa Claus Parade General Manager and Creative Director. “It’s such a special moment seeing the floats come to life for the crowds to enjoy on Parade day.”
Here are just a few peeks at the wonders I saw in the workshop:
And look whom I spied on one of the floats in progress!
The 109th Toronto Santa Claus Parade will begin at 12:30 pm on November 17, at Bloor and Christie, then run along Bloor to University, travelling down University to Wellington and ending at the intersection of Front and Jarvis Streets at the St. Lawrence Market. The Parade will be broadcast that same day, at 4:30 pm EST on CTV (5:30-7 p.m. AST on CTV Two Atlantic) if, like me, viewing from home is a better option.