Marching Bands at the Santa Parade

My favourite part of the Santa Parade is always the sounds of the marching bands. I enjoy the music and the songs they play. I appreciate as well the variety of costumes and the effort the players make to come out in the cold and play for us. This year was no different – though I was eager to hear the band my daughter plays in. I took pictures of every marching band that passed in front of us. I will share with you, however, only those photos that I like the most.

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Bagpipes. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The first marching band is always the one with the bagpipes. I enjoyed the sounds as the music echoed through the cool air. The sounds of the bagpipes helped to encourage the sense of anticipation we began to feel with the start of the parade.

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Drummers. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Of course a marching band has its row of drummers and all the ones we saw that day took their task seriously.

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Marching band at the Santa Parade. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I enjoyed seeing the band members march up towards us on the street. They looked so smart in their uniforms. The marching band in the next picture stood out in my photos as their costume was a contrast to the grey day.

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Marching band. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

They walked by smartly and in sync.

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Echoing sounds of a marching band. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I love the photo I managed to take of the tuber players as they walked in front of us.

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Tuber players. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

As one band approached, we saw a flag that was familiar to us. Do you see it?

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Marching by. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Yes, the South African flag was held high by members of a marching band who were holding the flags of many countries.

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The South African flag. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Not all marching bands had a uniform that was formal. This band came by sporting a uniform that did not reflect the uniforms of ages gone by.

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Marching at the Santa Parade. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Though most bands did reflect the norm with hard hats, smart pants and a formal jacket.

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Drummers in a marching band. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The dress of one band showed us who was near.

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Marching for Santa. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I was saddened when the music ended and wished I could listen to more.

Do you enjoy listening to marching bands at parades?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Previous posts on the 2014 Toronto Santa Parade

Reflections on the Santa Parade

Grateful for the Santa Parade

A Police Motorcade

34 thoughts on “Marching Bands at the Santa Parade

  1. I love that it’s snowing in your shots. It seems just right for a Santa parade. 🙂 I do enjoy marching bands. I especially like listening to the bagpipes being played outdoors.


  2. I’ve not come across a Santa Parade like this before, Colline. It’s a nice tradition. 🙂 I was thinking that it was a little early but then I realised that the Santas will mostly be arriving in our stores this weekend.


  3. This is beautiful, I loved them all. Reminded me a day in Milano 🙂 Marching band was amazing in sunday at the street bazaar… Do you know we don’t have in here… anymore!!!! In the past, especially during Ottoman empire there were marching bands and it was great. Just before the sunset they started to play and walk… But I don’t know why we don’t have today… Thank you dear Colline, have a nice day, love, nia


  4. well I like how you brooke up the posts front he parade – nice to take in across segments – 🙂 and marching bands are one of my favs at parades and school activities too.


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