TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2015 /CNW/ - Today at his secret workshop Santa Claus announced the exciting details of the 111th Santa Claus Parade, including enchanted new floats, fun pre-Parade activities for the family and some extra bounce courtesy of Canada's favourite basketball team.
This year the Santa Claus Parade will feature 26 floats and 21 marching bands, including three floats from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment as a part of a continuing community partnership. A special Raptors float this year will highlight the upcoming NBA All-Star game to be played in Toronto in February 2016.
"The Santa Claus Parade is a highlight for the City of Toronto, which brings joy and entertainment to people across Canada every year," says Peter Beresford, Santa Claus Parade President and CEO. "Our continued partnership with MLSE helps ensure the Parade is at its magical best."
The Parade will take place on Sunday, November 15th at 12:30 p.m., when children of all ages will line the streets waiting for a chance to see the jolly old elf himself. Now, in its third year, the Holly Jolly Fun Run, a 5km run, will kick off the parade and lead the way for Santa. Starting at 12:00 p.m. on Parade day, the run will follow the Parade route and end at Maple Leaf Square. All proceeds go to support the Santa Claus Parade.
"I am so excited to see all the smiling faces along the Parade route again this year," said Santa Claus, who flew into town from the North Pole to offer a preview. "The Parade celebrates this amazing season and brings happiness to everyone involved, from volunteers to celebrity clowns, but especially to the spectators. It's what the holidays are all about."
The Parade will travel the same route as last year, beginning at Bloor and Christie Streets, following Bloor Street to University Avenue, travelling down University Avenue to Wellington Street, going east on Wellington and ending at the intersection of Front and Jarvis Streets at the St. Lawrence Market. The 111th annual Santa Claus Parade airs Sunday, November 15th at 4:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and 4:30 p.m. AT on CTV Two Atlantic.
About the Santa Claus Parade
The Santa Claus Parade is the largest children's parade in North America and the largest outdoor entertainment event held in Canada every year. More information on the Parade, including even more exciting Parade details, can be found at www.thesantaclausparade.com
About The MLSE Foundation
The MLSE Foundation believes all kids should have access to sport and the opportunity to develop lasting dreams on the playing field. With the support of all four MLSE teams – the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, Toronto Marlies – the Foundation funds the refurbishment of local athletic facilities and programs that supports kids through sport and recreation. Since launching in December 2009, the MLSE Foundation has invested almost $20 million into our community. For more information visit mlsefoundation.org or follow @MLSEFoundation.
SOURCE The Santa Claus Parade
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