WINNIPEG — Reindeer will guide Saint Nick’s sleigh along Portage Avenue on Saturday for the 108th annual Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade.
Organizations say more than 75 floats and walking groups are entered this year.
By Dave Baxter (@davebbbaxter)
A huge crowd of people descended into downtown Winnipeg on Saturday night to see colourful floats, the Grey Cup and even Santa Claus himself.
This year the annual Santa Claus parade was combined with a Grey Cup parade to celebrate the start of the holiday season, as well as this Sunday’s CFL championship game.
The Grey Cup Festival Santa Claus Parade saw Winnipeggers young and old fill the streets, but a whole lot of out-of-towners here for Sunday’s big game also came downtown to check it out.
WINNIPEG — Thousands of Winnipeggers lined the streets of downtown Saturday evening to see the Jolly Old Elf himself headline the 105th annual Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade.
Spectators came dressed for the weather, decked out in winter clothing as the 16-block parade made its from Young Street all the way east down Portage Avenue to William Stephenson Way.
Downtown Winnipeg will be feeling mighty festive on Saturday as Santa and his reindeer pay the city a visit.
The 105th annual Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade will roll down 17 street blocks, spreading holiday cheer as the big guy prepares for his busiest time of the year.
Festivities begin at 2:30 p.m. with a free performance by Camarata Nova in the atrium of the Manitoba Hydro Building.
Santa Claus is coming to town early this year, making his annual appearance on Saturday at the Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade.
Santa’s float has been in the spotlight in recent weeks as organizers have been making repairs to the 40-year-old structure, which includes reindeer and other toys.
A campaign by JCI Winnipeg to solicit votes in a contest could potentially award them up to $150,000 for future repairs.
The parade will begin Saturday at 5 p.m. at the corner of Portage Avenue and Young Street, travelling east towards The Forks for fireworks at 7:30 p.m.
A campaign to restore the Santa Claus Float by JCI Winnipeg has reached the second round of voting.
The trademark float in Winnipeg’s Santa Claus Parade is in desperate need of repairs, and its owners have turned to the public for help. Through an online campaign called Save Our Santa Float on the Aviva Community Fund website, about 135 votes have been registered in Round 2, which ends November 4.
Should the float win, up to $150,000 would go towards the float’s much-needed repairs.
The trademark float in Winnipeg’s Santa Claus Parade is in jeopardy after needing extensive repairs.
JCI Winnipeg has launched an online campaign called Save Our Santa Float through the Aviva Community Fund.
“The float that Santa rides on — the Santa Claus Float — has been used contiguously for the past 50 years and is a piece of Winnipeg history,” said Marissa Zurba of JCI Winnipeg. “Not surprisingly, a float with this storied in history requires constant maintenance, and that maintenance is significant and costly.”
Thousands of people filled the streets Saturday for the 103rd Santa Claus Parade in downtown Winnipeg.
Organizers were expecting the annual event to attract about 60,000 people, which began at Portage Avenue and Young Street and ended near The Forks. Fireworks concluded the evening at about 7:30 p.m.
There were 100 floats this year, as Olympian and grand marshal Desiree Scott led the parade.
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The 103rd Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade will signal the start of the holiday season on Saturday as it rolls through city streets.
The parade begins at 5 p.m. at Portage Avenue and Young Street and will move eastward toward The Forks.
More than 100 floats are entered, and organizers expect about 60,000 people to attend.
Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item in support of the Christmas Cheer Board. Volunteers will be collecting donations along the route.
A number of block parties have also been planned, hosted by area organizations to provide a fun environment for those attending the parade.
Road closures starting at 4 p.m.
Roads will reopen following the parade.