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Annual Santa Claus Parade

Web posted on November 13, 2017

GUELPH (November 2017) It's the most wonderful time of the year! Guelph's family tradition is back, helping the holiday spirit soar with the Guelph Community Santa Claus Parade. Grab a hot drink from a Downtown business and get comfy in your prime Santa viewing spot for the 3rd Annual Santa Road Race at 1pm.

Organized by the Speed River Track & Field Club, all runners will be dressed as Santa on their 3km run with all proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Registrations for this fun run will be open right up until race day.

Be ready at 1:15pm with those letters to Santa and non-perishable items as Canada Post and the Guelph Food Bank will kick off the show. The holiday fun begins at 1.30pm from Woolwich Street at Powell Street, ending on Wyndham Street at the railway bridge. See the parade route map here: http://www.downtownguelph.com/cms/documents/2017_Guelph_Community_Santa_Parade_-_Poster.pdf.

For the first time in its history, the Guelph Community Santa Parade will be led by some of the Indigenous Guelph community members, organized by Anishnabeg Outreach Employment & Training. Indigenous community members from Guelph and KW area will carry flags that represent the Metis, Inuit, Mohawk, 2 Spirited and the Anishinaabe people. They will be joined by drummer/singers, dressed in traditional attire, from the community youth and men's drum group.

Also new this year is a group of `new Canadians' in patriotic gear, a rainbow-themed float from Guelph Pride, knights in armour from the Round Table Board Game Caf, and a whole host of wacky elves leading the ever-popular marching bands. And if that's not enough awesomeness, Guelph's campus radio station CFRU will broadcast live as they travel along the route on a float that will also feature a live band playing unique versions of festive songs.

Attendees are invited to warm up after the parade in Old Quebec Street Shoppes. For a second year, a Victorian-themed Christmas event will let you get a closer look at Santa. Enjoy milk and cookies with Saint Nick until 4pm.

The Guelph Community Santa Parade is organized by the Downtown Guelph Business Association. Over 100 volunteers help the day run safely and smoothly, and over 1,000 participants make us all happy with their colourful costumes and Christmas wishes. For up to date details please be sure to follow our event page.


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