Santa flew in for the city’s Santa Claus Parade on Saturday November 19th. Despite the season’s chilliest weather so far, Bramptonians came out in full force to celebrate and experience one of the largest annual events in the city.
The Santa Claus Parade was resurrected in 1985 with the Brampton Board of Trade’s (BBOT) help as a community parade. In 1995, the organizing committee altered the timing of the parade to commence at 5pm, allowing for a night parade format which has evolved and grown into one of the largest night time parades in Canada, drawing large crowds along the route.
The parade is sponsored by the Rotary Club, the BBOT and the City of Brampton and features floats, bands and walkers from community groups and businesses. The parade route began at Sproule and Main, headed South and ended at Elgin Street. Each year attendance has grown in participants, people that line the parade route and Rogers Cable customers viewing from home.
This year, Brampton Focus live streamed the event on Facebook and reached thousands of residents and viewers from across the world. The broadcast was hosted by Nikita Brown from Bramptonist.com and Radah Taylor, taking viewers through the line-up of floats and community participants. Our partners at Williams Fresh Cafe were also helping at our staging site handing out free hot chocolate to over 250 people in under an hour. Make yourself some hot chocolate, sit back and enjoy the recorded event.