Santa to drop by Whitby Dec. 1

Santa to drop by Whitby Dec. 1
New safety rules for Bellevilles Santa Parade
To help kick off the holiday season, SooToday will live stream this year's Rotary Santa Claus Parade starting at 6 p.m.

The following is a news release issued today by the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie regarding this year's festivities: Snowflakes and flurries can only mean one thing – Santa is on his way! Mr. Claus will make his annual appearance in the Rotary Santa Claus Parade this Saturday, Nov. 17.  

Although Toronto’s subway will be making all of its usual stops, there will be a larger-than-usual number of road closures and transit detours throughout the city from Bloor Sts. to Queens Quay E. To avoid getting caught in the fray, commuters can look to see if their routes are affected on the Toronto Road Closures website.

Navigating your way around this years Santa Claus Parade

“The boss has made it clear that our top priority is making sure every child can enjoy the parade,” shared chief elf officer, Phillip Navidad. “That’s why our Elfonomics department will be implementing the Sensory Friendly Block between Bruce Street and Dennis Street, with no air horns, sirens, or honking.”

Although Toronto’s subway will be making all of its usual stops, there will be a larger-than-usual number of road closures and transit detours throughout the city from Bloor Sts. to Queens Quay E. To avoid getting caught in the fray, commuters can look to see if their routes are affected on the Toronto Road Closures website.

The parade will begin at the corner of Pim Street and Queen Street East at 6 p.m. and then proceed West down Queen Street to Gore Street.

She says,”They will see that the floats can travel through there (the school’s parking lot area) a little more efficiently and get people off board (of the floats) in a safe manner. It’s very difficult keeping 2,000 people safe in a parade…we’ve had to take extra precautions this year because we’ve far outgrown Quinte Secondary school.”

It takes about 2.5 hours for the whole parade to go by if you’re standing in one spot, so come prepared: dress warmly, bring snacks and colouring books to help occupy your time. Lost? No problem. On the day of the parade, you can follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to see where the parade is.