Everybody loves a parade and when it comes to good ol’ fashioned, FREE family fun, there really isn’t anything better. Pack up your wagon with some blankets, a few lawn chairs, a thermos of hot chocolate and a party pack of Tim Bits and you are good to go.
Park yourself in a good spot and sit back and enjoy the magic of bands, clowns, floats and Santa himself. Some of my best memories with my parents and my kids are at parades and I encourage you to get out and make some memories of your own.
This weekend, Waterloo Region welcomes Santa three times in three separate parades. With temperatures forecasted to hit 10 degrees, this is perfect parade weather so take advantage of it. Santa makes his debut at 10am in Kitchener-Waterloo and then he’s off to enjoy the illumination magic of Cambridge’s night parade for 6pm. After some much needed beauty sleep, he’s back in Guelph for 1pm. I hope that one of these times will work for you..
And if you are really adventurous, take a trip to Toronto for the quintessential magic of the Toronto Santa Claus Parade. I have been once about 5 years ago and I highly recommend that you make the trek at least once to appreciate this legendary parade. If you just aren’t up for it, you can catch it on Global TV on Sunday afternoon from the comfort of your cozy living room.
Letters to Santa – Children are encouraged to bring their letters addressed to Santa, North Pole, HOH OHO, which can be given to Canada Post workers en route
Toy Drive – new unwrapped toys collected by The Waterloo Knights of Columbus (r Kitchener parade and maybe others too) are involved in the toy drive.
Food Bank Donation– collected by local Fire Departments along the route
Kitchener Santa Claus Parade..
Saturday November 17 – Starts at 10 am
Starts and King and Erb and runs down King to Eby
Now in it’s almost 50th year, KW’s Santa Claus Parade will kick off the Christmas season as it makes its tour though the city bringing smiles to those watching. You can expect to see 14+ bands including 2 marching bands and nearly 100 other participants from the local community. Sponsored by the local Lions Club a long with several major sponsors (Rogers TV and Conestoga Mall) and many other groups are to thank for this free public kick off to the Christmas season.
Besides welcoming the Big Guy in the Red Suit to town, you can also expect to see Jeff Allan of 570 News talk Radio this year’s Parade Grand Marshall along with all kids of local celebrities, costumed characters, clowns and more.
This one and a half hour parade, which brings much excitement and joy to not only the young but the adults, has grown in the number of participants and those who straddle King Street to watch the event.
If you can’t For those who do not have the opportunity to attend the parade, Rogers TV broadcasts live from Kitchener City Hall that special Saturday morning at 11:00.
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When: Saturday November 17, 2012
Where: Hespeler Road, Cambridge
Christmas in Cambridge kicks off Saturday November 17th with the annual night parade.
Expect a magical night filled with fun and flurries. Rumour has it Santa and Mrs. Claus are very excited to come and see all the good little girls & boys of Cambridge! Don’t forget to bundle up warm as the parade lasts for at least an hour! Make sure the kids write their letters to Santa as letter carriers will be collecting letters for Santa.
Parade Route: Parade starts at Hespeler Rd and Dunbar Rd. It will then travel down Hespeler Rd to Langs Drive where the parade will end.
Best Place to Watch the Parade: Historically the busiest section of the parade route is between Dunbar Rd and Bishop St. There are a lot of great plaza’s to park in from Bishop to Langs Dr that people forget about! Those are fantastic spots to get an excellent view of Santa!
The Santa Claus Parade needs you !
2012 GUELPH COMMUNITY SANTA CLAUS PARADE
Sunday November 18
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Starting at Woolwich and London Road, the parade will move and groove it’s way through downtown Guelph. With disco dancing polar bears and penguins doing the hustle, this promises to be the coolest parade yet.
100+ Years of Smiles
You can expect more than 25 animated floats with themes ranging from Harry Potter to Hockey Night in Canada. More than 200 Celebrity Clowns lead the Parade and raise about $200,000 annually, while around 2,000 costumed participants march happily through Toronto’s streets. Toronto police have asked Parade organizers to extend the route by one mile in order to spread out the crowds of spectators.
Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade is the longest running children’s Parade in the world and is broadcast across North America and as far away as New Zealand, Norway and Ireland.
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