CBC Thunder Bay took part in the city's 23rd annual Christmas Parade Saturday, an event that drew thousands of people despite a new parade route.

Instead of the usual path, which moved south along Memorial Avenue from the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium to the Silvercity movie theatre, this year's parade was shorter. It travelled north from the Real Canadian Superstore to the auditorium.  

Volker Kromm

Christmas Parade co-chair Volker Kromm (Supplied)

"We went north to the North Pole," said parade co-chair Volker Kromm, who estimated between 15,000 and 20,000 people were in attendance.

"It was an incredible amount of people," said Kromm. "It was families and children from one end to the other, and I think we had record attendance."

CBC's float, one of 46 at the parade, celebrated "All Things Canadian."

Staff members dressed up as Canadian icons including Hockey Night in Canada's Don Cherry and Ron MacLean, as well as Canada's national animal, the beaver.