109th Annual Santa Claus Parade and First Annual Holly Jolly Fun Run
TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Santa Claus Parade is celebrating its
109th year and is sure to inspire more merry memories. Today, Santa Claus
himself revealed exciting Parade details from his top-secret workshop,
including a dazzling array of floats and a fun new fundraising
initiative designed to help support the cherished tradition.
The Parade will take place on Sunday, November 17, 2013 beginning at
12:30 p.m. Children and adults alike will line the streets of Toronto
to ring in this year's holiday season, see the awe-inspiring new floats
and experience the magic of Santa Claus.
"So much thought, dedication, and hard-work goes into creating the Santa
Claus Parade floats each year," says Alf Iannarelli, Santa Claus Parade
General Manager and Creative Director. "It's such a special moment
seeing the floats come to life for the crowds to enjoy on Parade day."
For the first time ever, Toronto runners have the opportunity to lead
the way for Santa Claus in the first annual Holly Jolly Fun Run. The
five-kilometre run will take place on Sunday, November 17th at 12 p.m. (a half-hour before the Parade kicks off) with thousands of
people cheering on the participants from the sidelines!
"Many people are surprised to hear that the Santa Claus Parade does not
receive any public funding," says Peter Beresford, Santa Claus Parade
President. "The Holly Jolly Fun Run is a great new addition to the
ongoing festivities that allows the public to help support the Parade,
and continue to bring holiday joy to our city."
Cost of entry for the Holly Jolly Fun Run is $100 per participant and
runners will be provided with a red toque and mittens to help them show
off their festive spirit. The run is limited to 2,000 participants this
year, with all proceeds supporting the Parade. Those who sign up for
the run will also receive a charitable tax receipt in return for their
"The Holly Jolly Fun Run is sure to be the most fun run in Toronto and
is such a merry addition to this year's Parade," says Santa Claus, in
town from the North Pole. "It will be so magical for thousands of
people to cheer on the fantastic runners and see everyone dressed in
their most festive attire!"
The Santa Claus Parade will travel the same route this year, beginning
at Bloor and Christie, along Bloor to University, travelling down
University to Wellington and ending at the intersection of Front and
Jarvis Streets at the St. Lawrence Market. The Santa Claus Parade airs
Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. ET on CTV (5:30-7 p.m. AT on CTV Two
About The Santa Claus Parade
The Santa Claus Parade is the largest children's parade in North America
and 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.
Image with caption: "Santa and Mrs. Claus announce the highlights of the 109th annual Santa Claus Parade!" (CNW Group/The Santa Claus Parade)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131105_C9609_PHOTO_EN_32846.jpg
SOURCE: The Santa Claus Parade
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