Santa Claus parade
It is always nice to have a Santa Claus parade. It not only
increases the competitive spirit, but can also double as an
entertainment program for the rest of the people. Now, Santa
Claus parade is a common feature in Christmas parties held
at cities, offices, homes and neighborhood. In office, the
best-looking Santa Claus might win some rewards.
Santa Claus parades are most common in US. The largest is
Toronto Santa Claus Parade, which was started in 1905 by the
Eaton's department store. It now has over 24 floats, 1.700
participants and 24 bands. It is broadcast around the world
from Australia to Norway.
In New York City, Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade, famous for its giant helium-filled
balloons, began in the 1920s. The big balloons made
an early appearance, with Felix the Cat in 1927.
In Vancouver, the Roger's Santa Claus Parade has also
grown to be one of the largest, with 65 floats and bands.
A special train also comes around in the parade, collecting
Peoria, Illinois has the longest running Santa Claus
Parade in the U.S. Various attractions in the parade
through the years include circus wagons, fireworks,
live reindeers, a calliope and numerous parade floats.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade in Southern California
is a seasonal tradition that somewhat competes with
the Rose Parade and the Doo Dah Parade.
Large picture: Santa
Claus Parade. Some may say that is absurd that
Santas are making a parade between flowers and trees
in the middle of the summer. But the Santa Claus Congress
and a Santa Claus Parade takes place each year in
the old amusement park Bakken in Copenhagen, Denmark,
Elsewhere, especially in Commonwealth countries outside Canada,
Santa Claus parades are usually known as Christmas pageants.
Major pageants are held Australia and in the New Zealand cities
of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The Santa Claus parade held in a neighborhood or community
is also attractive. Santa Claus is a popular character among
students, especially when Christmas is celebrated in the
schools and colleges. Students double as Santa Claus and
wear the best of the suit to impress their friends and teachers.
Often teachers instruct students clad in Santa Claus suit
to present gifts to the students on Christmas or its eve
as a friendly gesture from the school.
Since Christmas vacation is long, schools organize Christmas
celebration before the vacation commences. There will be
religious programs signifying the importance of Christmas.
It will be followed with entertainment programs. Finally,
when everything comes to an end, suddenly the Santa Claus
appears conveying the wishes to the students. He hands over
the gifts to the students. Sometimes, the entry of Santa
Claus takes a different turns. The school would have organized
a competition for students to appear in Santa Claus suit.
All the participants will be taken out in a Santa Claus
parade. The best-looking Santa Claus will be rewarded.
While organizing Christmas parties in your house, do not
forget to organize a Santa Claus parade. It will be highly
appreciated by friends and relatives attending the party.
It will add entertainment value to the party. Also, it will
help the kids in realizing the importance of Santa Claus
and his significance to Christmas celebrations. It will
be all the more better if artificial sledges, snowfall indicating
the arrival of winter, accompany the Santa Claus parade
and reindeer herd. Reward the Santa Claus parade participants
handsomely so that they take part in the parades in future