Toronto Santa Claus Parade 2015

by Maria on December 14th, 2015

It was a beautiful day for a parade: 50 degrees and sunny with a light breeze. The exceptional weather brought out more people than usual. Several weeks earlier, the parade committee had decided to add a few blocks to the parade route, and large crowds filled the sidewalks right to the very end. According to Bob's GPS tracker, the route was 3.92 miles, making this parade more than twice as long as the average fire department parade.

Josh's Canadian friend, George, joined us again for the third year. George is a trumpet major at Humber College in Toronto. He brought a couple of friends to play cymbals and carry the banner: Nick, Ignacio and John. They are musicians, too, and they are already planning to play with us next year.

There were a few first-timers: Krissy, Steph, Tom P., Camille and Andy Z.. There were a few old-timers who have marched in this parade all 24 years: Pully, Maria, Scott M., Marcia and Josh.

Ed and Andy dressed as elves and carried the banner. Other band members pitched in where they were needed. Tim normally plays quad-toms for this parade, but he joined Scott M. and Don S. on snare drum. Steve normally plays saxophone, but he joined Andy and Jon on bass drum, Kristen played the jingle bells. Scott W. played trumpet. Mike W. normally plays trumpet, but he joined Josh on sousaphone.

This year's marching season is drawing to a close. There is one more parade, Caledonia Hometown Holidays, on December 5. See you there!

Posted in Performances, Stories    Tagged with Santa Claus Parade, Bob, Josh, Krissy, Steph, Tom P., Camille, Pully, Marcia, Maria, Scott M., Ed, Tim, Don S., Steve, Andy, Jon, Kristen, Mike W., Andy Z., Toronto


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