Toronto Santa Claus Parade 2014

by Maria on November 21st, 2014

 We knew it was going to be cold, and we were prepared for it. Everyone was wearing thermal underwear, and some Heroes even wore winter jackets under their sweatshirts. The temperature was in the upper 30s and there were snowflakes in the air, but it stayed just warm enough for our instruments to continue working properly.

Karen L. was beaming when she showed up for the bus. That morning was the opening of gun season, and Karen got a doe and a buck. She had to call her brother to come and help her so that she could get to the bus on time. Good work, Karen!

Don H. came to the bus to see us off. Back in September he had a motorcycle accident. He is recovering nicely, but he was not up to marching a 4-mile parade. Mike W., who plays trumpet and is a music teacher, volunteered to play sousaphone. Along with Josh, they provided a strong bass line for the parade.

Josh's Canadian friend, George, met us in Toronto and played trumpet with us. He brought his friend, Pedro, who dressed as an elf and carried water for us. Jen's boyfriend, Ed, and Elise's mother, Kris, also dressed as elves and carried the banner.

We debuted two new songs: I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas and Let It Go from Disney's Frozen. Every time we played these two songs, we could hear children singing along from crowd.

We still have one more parade on our calendar: the Hometown Holidays Parade in Caledonia on Saturday, December 6 at noon. After the parade, we'll play Christmas music in the fire hall for about an hour. See you there!

Posted in Performances    Tagged with Toronto, Santa Claus Parade, Karen L., Don H., Josh, Mike W., Jen, Elise


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