It’s that time of year! I love parades! Especially holiday parades like the Toronto Santa Claus parade. It’s big, it’s loud, it’s fun, it’s FANTASTIC!
I’ve missed the odd year, but for the most part I’ve made it to every single Toronto Santa Claus parade since I was born. And the years that I missed, well, those years didn’t feel much like Christmas because I missed what I’ve always considered the kick-off to the holidays.
In recent years, with a sister who lives in Brampton, we’ve added the Brampton Santa Claus parade to our parade schedule…and the Weston parade because it’s a stone’s throw from our house. We’ve been lucky because all these parades fall on different days and different weekends beginning in November. I’m not sure what we’d do if there was a scheduling conflict and we were forced to choose between two parades.
The Toronto parade is so much fun. The floats are fantastic, colourful, full of life. The kids love it. The music, the bands, everything about it is top notch. Check out the story of the parade.
The Brampton parade is beautiful because it takes place in the evening and every float is lit up with Christmas lights. The kids were in awe the first year we took them.
The Weston parade is fun because we get to see everyone in our neighbourhood and support the local businesses who sponsor the parade. It really creates a sense of community which, really, is what the holiday season is all about.
This weekend marks the start of the parade season and kicks off the holidays in grand style. Brampton on Saturday night; Toronto on Sunday afternoon. Moving into December, we have the Weston parade on the 2nd.
We’re making memories with our kids. My parents took me and my sisters every year to the Toronto parade. I’m passing this tradition onto my children (and adding a few more parades because of my parade obsession).