Grateful for Santa Parade

This weekend was the annual Toronto Santa Parade. I attended the event on Sunday along with many young children and their parents. The weather was warm and sunny so families were out in full force.

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Practising before the parade. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I attended this year because my daughter was participating in the event: she is in the marching band for her school. Before searching for a spot among the crowds, we went to find her to wish her well. During our search we stopped to watch a few bands that were playing their tunes.

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Watching the Santa Parade. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

We finally found a spot where we could see. The crowds were definitely larger than last year (last year the wind was icy and it was snowing). When the parade finally began, I enjoyed the music of the marching bands.

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Kelley’s Heroes: a marching band. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The Santa Parade is the one time I hear Torontonians shout out “Merry Christmas” and not the politically correct “Happy Holidays”. It is a pleasure for me to hear these traditional words.

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A full skirt. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I recall this costume from last year and I am still amazed by the fact that she is smiling while pushing the skirt. I am sure that by the end of the parade she is sore and tired from pushing that contraption along! Not all the costumes were the same as last year though – and there were many new floats. There were some that caused cries of delight from the little ones; and the adults roared with approval when the float for the Blue Jays (Toronto’s baseball team) rolled by.

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Clean-up. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

After the parade had passed by, people dispersed – and left behind their litter! The streets were strewn with paper cups, paper plates and candy wrappers. The City had thought of clean-up though. Once the streets had cleared a little of people, the barricades were taken away and the cleaners came to pick up the garbage. The streets were also swept clean by specialised trucks. Within half an hour, it looked like the parade had not even happened.

This week I am grateful that the Santa Parade still happens in spite of decreasing profits and budget cuts. The event brings so much joy to so many children – and it is always a pleasure for me to see my daughters participate in this community event.

What have you been grateful for this week?

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A Lone Clown

The day had arrived for the Santa Parade, cold and grey. When I signed up to volunteer as a clown, I had been full of optimism. Everything in my life was going according to plan: I had received the promotion I was working so hard for; my offer for a place of my own had been accepted; and my relationship with Sam had been going well. My bubble had burst a couple of weeks ago. I still had a great position at work; and living in my new place was everything that I could wish for. My relationship with Sam, however, had derailed. No longer did I have someone in my life with whom I could share special moments. Instead there was an empty void in my life that left an ache in my heart.

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A lone clown. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I had made a promise many months ago and, no matter how I felt, I did not want to disappoint the many children and families who had waited out in the cold for so long to see the parade. I dressed and put on my makeup – the red clownish smile masking my sadness a little. Armed with my hand clappers and a vuvuzela, I journeyed to the start of the parade. Hopefully in giving joy to others, my sadness would be eased a little.

pixel-prose-challenge-post-logoWhat would you add to this clown’s story?

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(This post is linked to Amanda’s Pixel Prose Challenge)

 

 

Floats at the Santa Parade

I have shared with you the marching bands, the costumes and the looks of the clowns at the 2014 Toronto Santa Parade. Many people, however, go to the parade to see the floats and that is what I will share with you today. Some of them I loved; and others I remembered seeing the last time I stood in the streets to watch the floats. Many appealed to the younger audience while others attracted the attention of sports’ fans.

The penultimate float was Mrs Claus – and then came Santa’s. The last float of the parade received many excited cheers from the children.

As Santa’s float passed by, people begun to leave their spots to go home. The parade was a pleasure to watch this year and was a wonderful start to the Christmas season.

Do you enjoy looking at the floats at the Santa Parade?

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Previous posts on the 2014 Toronto Santa Parade

Reflections on the Santa Parade

Grateful for the Santa Parade

A Police Motorcade

Marching Bands at the Santa Parade

Costumes at the Santa Parade

Clowns at the Santa Parade

Clowns at the Santa Parade

The clowns at the Santa Parade are in a group of their own. They are certainly crowd pleasers and they cause many giggles among the younger audience. We watched a group for a bit while everyone was waiting for the parade to begin

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Clowns waiting to begin. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The costumes were colourful and eye-catching. My cousin noted that South Africa had influenced those who were carrying the vuvuzela. One would never have thought that those noise-makers from the 2010 soccer world cup would be featured in the Toronto Santa parade.

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Noise-makers in hand. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The clown costumes were interspersed with the other costumes as they marched down the streets.

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Walking as clowns. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Some clown costumes were more colourful than others:

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Colourful clown costumes. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

These clowns were fun as they performed for the audience:

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Clown costumes. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I liked especially the clowns that interacted with the audience – especially when they spoke with the young children.

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Interacting with the audience. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

This clown’s face was not covered with make-up but her costume was certainly eye-catching:

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Greeting the audience. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I loved these dustbin clowns. What characters!

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Dustbin clowns. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The clowns are an integral part of the parade as they provide comic relief while we wait for the marching bands and the floats.

Do you enjoy watching the antics of the clowns?

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Previous posts on the 2014 Toronto Santa Parade

Reflections on the Santa Parade

Grateful for the Santa Parade

A Police Motorcade

Marching Bands at the Santa Parade

Costumes at the Santa Parade

Costumes at the Santa Parade

The costumes at the Santa Parade are fun, unique and colourful. As my stepson noted, they put many Halloween costumes to shame. It was difficult for me to choose my favourite. I loved these ones for the fun they portray:

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

I can imagine walking in them would be a little difficult though.

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

I am certain that these participants were nice and warm in their costume on this chilly day:

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

My daughter loved the rabbits holding their carrots 🙂

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

I found the dinosaurs to be cute.

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

I was wondering why these people were holding fire hydrants. I did not work out the significance.

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

The people dressed as bears looked warm as well – all of them were smiling at the crowds.

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

Such a wide skirt! This woman was working hard to move her dress along.

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

I loved the Tim Hortons coffee cup 🙂

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

What was great is that the cup danced along wowing the crowd. The audience loved it!

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Wowong the crowd. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Fruit costumes put in their appearance:

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Fruit costumes at the Santa parade. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

As did beautiful flowers:

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

The butterflies looked friendly and smiled happily at the crowd.

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Butterflies at the Santa parade. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I am sure all the little girls loved this costume:

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Fairy costumes at the Santa parade. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

When we saw the Christmas trees, we knew that Santa was near.

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Christmas trees at the Santa parade. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The costumes were a delight to see and are certainly an integral part of the parade.

Do you enjoy the costumes of a parade?

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Previous posts on the 2014 Toronto Santa Parade

Reflections on the Santa Parade

Grateful for the Santa Parade

A Police Motorcade

Marching Bands at the Santa Parade