EC Toronto students,
If you are in Toronto this coming week-end, you cannot miss one of the largest and oldest outdoor celebrations in all Canada!
The Santa Claus Parade has been a Toronto tradition since 1905, when the first edition took place from Union Station to the old Eaton store, on the site of the Eaton Centre.
It started that year with Santa walking down the streets waving to children along the way, and it has evolved until now with an elaborate version of the original walk, where 25 different-themed floats, 22 bands, 100 clowns and more than 1.500 volunteers march along with Santa!
The parade will begin at the Christie Pits Park (Christie subway station) at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 17th. It will pass by the ROM (Museum subway station) and the Eaton Centre and it will end at St. Lawrence Market (Union subway station).
Do you know how many people are expected to line the parade route? Between 750,000 and 800,000! As EC staff always recommends you, you should try to use English as much as you can while living in Canada: this kind of event is perfect to meet new friends from all over the world, and practice what you have learned during the week at school while having fun!
Just a couple of suggestions: make sure to bundle up warmly and bring with you a hot drink mug to stay warm!
More information including a route map can be found at www.thesantaclausparade.ca