Santa Claus Parade in Montréal - Fun and excitement on November 17



    MONTREAL, Nov. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Marcel Tremblay, member of the
Montréal executive committee responsible for youth and citizen relations,
invites children and families to attend the Santa Claus parade on Saturday,
November 17, and marvel at the colourful floats along the streets of downtown.
    "It's official. I have just received a letter form the North Pole
confirming that the traditional Santa Claus parade will be back in downtown
Montréal. Santa had to stop in Montréal because all the children, as well as
the young at heart, have been especially good this year. I know because I have
met personally with a number of children who have studied hard in school, have
taken up a sport, and now eat healthy foods. They also have made friends with
other children from all cultural backgrounds and are doing their part to keep
the city clean," said Marcel Tremblay enthusiastically.
    Thousands of spectators along Sainte-Catherine will enjoy a dozen or so
original floats, before the arrival of the Christmas Fairy and Santa Claus.
Several groups representing Montréal's ethnic communities, marching bands,
choirs, dance troupes and smaller floats also will be part of the parade, from
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The parade will travel eastbound between du Fort and
Saint-Urbain streets. The event will be broadcast on the TVA network.
    "Montréal is the destination for all seasons, especially around
Christmastime when the first snowflakes make everything so magical.
Christmastime in Montréal brings a load of activities, and the atmosphere is
unique in the world. I hope that visitors from all over will take the time to
enjoy this festive atmosphere," added Mr. Tremblay.
    The Santa Claus parade is brought to you by the Fabrique du Carnaval and
the personnel at the Société de développement commercial Destination
centre-ville, whose mission is to develop, improve and promote downtown
Montréal. The city has been supporting this event for several years, by
overseeing the safety of spectators and providing logistics and technical
assistance to the promoters.




For further information:

For further information: Luc Landry, Chargé de communication, Service
des communications et des relations avec les citoyens, (514) 872-2948; Source:
Bernard Larin, Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif, (514) 872-9998


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