Monday, November 21, 2011

Toronto Holds Its 106th Annual Santa Claus Parade - 1

The 106th annual Santa Claus Parade in Toronto, Ontario, was held yesterday with more than a half-a-million spectators attending. There were floats, bands, clowns, and participants. It’s claimed to be the world’s oldest annual Santa Claus parade, first organized on December 2, 1905 by the Eaton’s Department Stores with a lonely float. 

Present Mayor Rob Ford walked down the parade route distributing candies to children.  Toronto Metropolitan Police Chief Bill Blair was also present. 

The main object of the parade, as the winter sets in, is to entertain and amuse children before the important feast of Christmas on December 25. 

Floats are made based on characters in children’s stories and TV programmes. For the first time this year there was a float in the parade headed by Mrs. Santa Claus. Mr. Santa Claus is the one who usually has the last float of the parade.

You can have an idea of the parade from the following photos:

Mayor Rob Ford distributes candies to children

Photos (Toronto: Nov. 20, 2011) © Jerome D'Costa

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