This Sunday is Toronto’s 109th’s annual Santa Claus Parade (update 110th as of Nov 14th/14). When it originally started on December 2, 1905 by the Eaton’s chain of department stores, it had just a single float. It now has over 25 floats, 24 bands, and 1,700 participants (Wikipedia).
With that much history lets take the Vintage Inn Time Travel Bus and see what past parades looked like from the 1920s-1950s.
Note: Vintage Fashion Lovers-The crowd pictures when you look close enough have some lovely vintage fashion. Happy Hunting 🙂
Santa and his Reindeer
The Cloche hats and coats are just lovely in these pictures
History Fact: In 1939 when the Second World War brought on shortages, organizers were forced to make the elaborate costumes out of paper (A Century of Memories by Citynews)
I love that the road is dirt in these two pictures, hard to imagine that this was even so in a city with concrete and asphalt everywhere now
History Fact: In 1952 the parade was televised for the first time, appearing on CBC (A Century of Memories by Citynews)
1956 Parade-The baton twirling ladies are fantastic looking!
Love the costumes below
Fun in the Snow!
To end here is an excellent short historic overview of some of the most memorable moments in the parades history (some I stated above already):
“A Century of Memories-The History of Toronto’s Santa Parade”
Will you be attending your own cities Santa Claus Parade? Or do they do other cool traditions for the holiday season?