The Toronto Santa Claus Parade
The Toronto Santa Claus Parade is one of Toronto's oldest events, and was first held on December 2 1905, with only a single float. The float was financed by the department store chain Eaton's, who at one time was one of Canada's largest retailers. The Parade even predates the American Macy’s thanksgiving day parade by almost 20 years. Eaton's retailers association with the parade ended in 1982, and led to the parade being taken over by a group of Businessmen led by George Cohon. With the help of corporate sponsors Cohon, and his business partners, ran the parade till he retired from the organization in 2014. The parade today is funded by various corporate sponsors, and is one of the oldest annual parades in the world.
Few parades are world events, this is Canada's. With more than a half million people attending, and an estimated billion international TV viewers. For Toronto families, and visitors this event has become one of those things you have to do while in Toronto.
Some Interesting Facts About The Toronto Santa Claus Parade
In 1913 Santa was pulled by live reindeer
In 1919 Santa arrived by air, he landed on Eglinton Avenue.
From 1925 to the late 1960s the parade floats were shared with Montreal.
In 1952 the parade was televised on CBC
1982 - Barbaro and Cohon save the Parade
Between 1989 and 1991 the parade was broadcast to 250 million in the Soviet Union