The City of Toronto hosts several Parades and Races throughout the Year.
The Big Parade in Toronto in November is the Santa Claus Parade.
This extravaganza is being held on November 20th 2011.
It starts at 12.30 PM at the corner of Bloor Street and Christie Street and winds its way, taking about 90 minutes, before it ends at the corner of Front Street and Jarvis Street.
This parade includes many, many interesting, fancy and impressive Floats, Marching Bands and Performers, wearing colourful costumes. And of course, the grandest float is the one that arrives later in the parade with Santa. You can hear his HO HO HO before you see him.
Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade started in 1905 and has taken its path through the city center ever since, each year. The route is lined by thousands of adults and children; and gets the city into the ‘Christmas Mood’, and marks the beginning of the holiday season for many Torontonians.
Santa tends to take his time, so it is advisable to come prepared for the long, cold wait, with gloves, hats and scarves in addition to a warm coat. It is best to check the weather for the day, before setting out.
There are several ways of getting to the parade depending on where you are coming from:
You can take Go transit. There are Bus and Train services. Please check fares and schedules at www.gotransit.com
You can take the TTC. There are Bus, Subway and streetcar services. Please check fares and schedules at www.ttc.ca
You can drive in; you can park at various locations. Please check www.greenp.com
The best advice for parking for the Toronto Santa Claus Parade, is to park your car at home, and take Public Transit rather then driving in, as there will be street closures, traffic jams and crowds of people.