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6 Things you might not know about the Toronto Santa Claus parade


Photo by Alex Indigo licensed CC BY 2.0

The annual Santa Claus Parade parade makes its way down the heart of Toronto, ending in Santa himself waving and saying a cheery “Ho! Ho! Ho!” to all the families lining the parade route.

There have been a lot of changes to the parade since its start in 1904 — and we’ve pulled together some interesting tidbits that you may not have known…

Santa Claus Parade by the numbers

  • There are now 33 floats and 20 bands in the parade
  • The parade winds along 6.5 kilometres of downtown Toronto's streets — that's almost as long (but not quite) as 64.5 Canadian football fields!
  • There are more than 200 celebrity clowns who raise $200,000 every year
  • There are about 2,000 costumed participants
  • It's the largest children's parade in North America and the largest outdoor entertainment event held in Canada every year
  • The parade is broadcast as far as New Zealand, Norway and Ireland
  • There are about 2,250 volunteers that help make the parade possible
  • Wear a red nose to the parade — the money raised helps fund next year's parade and go toward the United Way ... and makes you look awesome and festive!
  • There will be many special floats this year from Tim Hortons, TD Bank, Chapters/Indigo, McDonalds and Canadian Tire!