Kick Off the Magic of the Holidays With THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE, Nov. 20 on CTV

- Returning Ho! Ho! Hosts CTV Toronto's Ken Shaw and CP24's Melissa Grelo are
joined by parade reporter, ETALK's Traci Melchor -
- New this year, CTV adds special holiday greetings throughout the broadcast from
stars like Michael Bublé, Russell Peters, Debra Messing, Kim Cattrall and Kermit the Frog -
- Log on to santa.ctv.ca to check out the latest parade news and extended route -
- Email photos of festive parade memories and moments to holidays@bellmedia.ca -

TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - As work at the North Pole kicks into high gear, CTV announced today broadcast details for THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE. The 90-minute broadcast airs Sunday, Nov. 20 from 5:30-7 p.m. AT on CTV Two Atlantic, in the rest of the country from 4:30-6 p.m. on CTV, CP24 and CP24.com, and on the go via CTV Mobile equipped cell phones (visit santa.ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Viewers can relive the highlights of the parade on demand on CTV.ca and the CTV iPad App following the broadcast.

Nearly four million unique viewers watched the parade last year on CTV and CP24, and for the second year in a row, CTV is the exclusive broadcast partner of the 107th annual holiday parade - the world's longest running children's parade. Santa's helpers, CTV Toronto's Ken Shaw and CP24's Melissa Grelo, return as hosts, while new to this year's broadcast are special reports from ETALK's Traci Melchor from along the parade route. Also new this year, THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE broadcast will feature a rare visit by Mrs. Claus in her very own float just ahead of Santa. Viewers will also enjoy exclusive Canadian yuletide greetings from some of the biggest stars in entertainment: Michael Bublé, Russell Peters, Kim Cattrall, Avril Lavigne and Enrico Colantoni, plus Debra Messing, Nick Carter, Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Demi Lovato and Kermit the Frog, to name a few.

CTV takes viewers inside THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE as more than 100 crew members, 12 cameras and the CTV chopper work together to give those at home the best seat at the parade.

"CTV is Canada's destination for holiday programming and what better way to launch the most festive time of year than with the long-standing, 107-year tradition of THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE," said Rick Brace, President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production. "All the elves at CTV are ready to capture all the merry moments leading up to the arrival of the man in the red suit."

Source: BBM Canada

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SOURCE CTV

For further information:

Shannon Hall, CTV, 416.384.2056 or shannon.hall@bellmedia.ca
Allie Page, CTV, 416.384.4596 or allie.page@bellmedia.ca


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