15th Annual Santa Claus Parade is on its way

Ho! Ho! Ho! The Holidays are here and Santa is on his way!

Santa will be riding into town this weekend, for the 15th Annual Vancouver Santa Claus Parade, December 2, 2018.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to fill downtown Vancouver to view the parade, volunteer and participate in the parade in bands, choirs, floats and community organizations.  Before the parade, fuel up your troupe with Breakfast with Santa at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from 9:30am – 10:30am. Then at Noon, the parade route begins at West Georgia at Broughton Street, runs east on West Georgia to Howe Street then comes to an end at Howe at Davie Street.  The route passes Christmas Square at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square at Vancouver Art Gallery, which features fun for kids, young and old face painting, kids crafts, ‘letters to Santa’ writing stations, entertainment and more.

As well, Vancouver Santa Claus Parade charity partners the CKNW Kids’ Fund and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank will also be onsite at the Square collecting donations.  If you forget to bring your donation to the parade, stop by a TELUS corporate store until December 9th, for every food bank item donated to the collection boxes in the stores, TELUS will donate an additional $5.00 to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.  After the parade, head to Telus Garden Laneway between Robson and West Georgia St, for more entertainment, festive fun and get a family photo with Santa.

With the big crowds it is best to plan ahead, arrive early, take transit to avoid the road closures.  Viewing is most congested around the Georgia Steet & Howe Street intersection, good options are to watch near the start or finish of the route. An accessible viewing area set up in on the East side of Howe Street, just south of Georgia Street.
If you can’t make it to downtown Vancouver to watch the parade in person, tune into Global BC and BC1 to watch the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade telecast starting a week after the parade.

Vancouver Pride Parade 2014

The 36th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade took place under blazing skies as more than half a million people lined the parade route to watch and celebrate diversity with the thousands of parade participants.  For the second year as an ‘official civic event’ the parade went off smoothly and efficiently, and depending on where one was watching, lasted about 3 hours.

The parade is truly a celebration, while still mindful of the quest for equality and diversity that has come before, as the participants and viewers kept the atmosphere light and entertaining all along the parade route.  The parade began on Robson Street at Thurlow, heading West to Denman Street, then following Denman to Beach Avenue finally wrapping up at Sunset Beach, the site of the Pride Festival & Market.  Traditionally kicked off by the “Dykes On Bikes” followed by this year’s Grand Marshalls; Ted Northe (Posthumus),  Gwen Haworth & Dean Nelson.  Then a wide range of entries took their turn walking or rolling along the streets, corporate partners like TD Canada Trust, Stoli Vodka, London Drugs, Winners/Homesense joined community organizations like McLaren Housing Society, LOUD Business and Canadian Cancer Society.  Nearly every media outlet from the city and all major political parties from civic, provincial and federal levels also made their way through the city.

As the parade wound up, and the public followed the final float away, the clean up crew was close behind tearing down the fencing, collecting trash and cleaning the street, leaving behind just memories of another great Vancouver Pride Parade.