Yesterday after an enormous breakfast of pancakes, sausages and hash browns, which I defy anyone to be able to finish, we headed out to watch the 109th annual Santa Claus Parade downtown.
The parade is a not for profit event which relies on the help of volunteers and corporate sponsorship. It is broadcast on TV and more than half a million people attend each year. The tradition started in 1905 and was set up by the Eaton’s chain of department stores; with just one float featuring in the parade (can you call it a parade with just one float I wonder?) Today there are over 25 floats and around 1,700 participants. In 1983, Celebrity Clowns were incorporated and this remains a tradition today.
There are some great floats from companies including McDonalds (with Ronald McDonald doing a spot of compering and singing to the crowd), Lego, Tim Hortons and one with the Super Mario Brothers. Perhaps the weirdest float was the one featuring giant bobble-head type figures of One Direction along with a red English phone box and the outline of Tower Bridge? Very odd. The parade ends with the man himself, Santa, on a huge float talking to the crowd and calling out a guy near us who was wearing shorts.
It was a great way to begin to get into the Christmas spirit, even though Christmas is still quite a way off and it was unseasonably warm yesterday, it was good fun nonetheless. As I am feeling sorry for myself today and starting with a cold, I think I am going to use the Christmas inspiration to start my Christmas advent calendar project and perhaps watch Elf..?
Oh, and to update you, I saw California and Maryland yesterday, taking the license plate tally to 20 US and 4 Canadian. I bet you were just dying to hear about that?