115th annual Santa Claus Parade Sunday starts at new location

 

Many people have their favourite spots - a place they return to, year after year, camping out to watch the Santa Claus parade.

But there could be a few of you who may have to find a new place to watch from on Sunday.

Normally, the parade would start at Bloor and Christie, and head east. But this year it will start at Bloor and Parliament and head west, before turning down University Avenue.

It's because of road work, that parade officials have decided to alter the start of the parade route.

 "That area is under construction now and just wouldn’t work for us to host all the thousands of families who line up on the side of the street," CEO Peter Beresford told reporters at a press conference Tuesday. "So we’re going the other way from University."

The rest of the parade route stays the same.

This year, the 115th annual Santa Claus Parade will feature 34 floats, 20 marching bands and about 1250 costumed participants.

One of the news floats this year will celebrate the Toronto Raptors NBA Championship win.

"The floats are mostly new, reconstructed, a few that we've freshened up, but mostly new....now most of our floats are 30 feet long," Beresford tells CP24, "(but) the Santa float is 45 feet long. It's huge and what better way to bring in the star of the show than with his own big massive float."

And remind the little ones to bring their letters for Santa.

And also remember to bundle up. The temperature will hover around plus one Sunday, but it'll feel alot colder with the wind chill. 

Keep in mind, there will be several road closures along the parade route. It's a good idea to take public transit. All subway lines are expected to be running normally.

The parade this year will start at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.  But if you can't be there in person, you can watch it at 4:30 p.m. on CTV.


With files from Dave Bradley