The world loves a parade

It’s been said the world loves a parade, but I think people love it even more when Santa Claus is involved! That’s right, the 101st annual Santa Claus Parade is happening this weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited. Can you believe it’s been so many years? I’m sure you remember going as a kid. To me, it marks the official beginning of Christmas.

The parade starts at 5pm this coming Saturday at Young Street and Portage Avenue and makes its way down Portage Avenue ending at Main Street and Graham Avenue. Visit the website link above for everything you need to know about parking, transit and street closures.

Each year, more than 30,000 people come down for the parade. Bring your letters for Santa, because people will be on hand to collect them to send to the big guy. Also, there will be hot chocolate on each block as well as free cookies for the first 1,000 people being handed out by the Downtown BIZ.

So far, the weather forecast has the day pegged at a more-than-comfortable -2 degrees, so even Mother Nature is cooperating this year. See you on Portage Avenue in your Santa hat!


Stuff to remember:

  • Take the Pledge to Shop Downtown for the Holidays. Last week we gave away tickets to the Moscow Ballet. This week, we’ve got tickets for Mira Black at the WAG, as well as MTC’s production of White Christmas up for grabs. Tell your friends.
  • If you haven’t already nominated someone for Peggy’s Secret Santa, don’t forget. I know someone in your life deserves a special treat this holiday season, so play a good little elf and nominate them.
  • And finally, be sure to enter the Downtown Makeover contest!

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