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Thousands welcome Santa Claus to town

Last Updated Nov 18, 2019 at 1:56 pm EST

Thousands of people descended on downtown Toronto Sunday for the 115th Santa Claus Parade.

Excited parade-goers young and old lined the streets on the cold November day. The 34 floats and 20 marching bands made for the biggest parade Toronto has seen to date.

But not even St. Nick himself could escape Toronto’s construction crunch as the traditional parade route took a bit of a detour, heading from Bloor Street East and Parliament Street to Queen’s Park Crescent East, down University Avenue to Wellington Street West, onto Yonge Street and along Front Street East, before ending at Front and Jarvis streets.

Canada Post workers were also on hand to collect letters to Santa from kids lining the parade route.

Ahead of the two-and-a-half-hour parade, participants ran in the Holly Jolly Fun Run.

The Santa Claus Parade is the largest children’s parade in North America and the largest outdoor entertainment event held in Canada every year.