Even though the annual Toronto Santa Claus parade turned 114 years young – it is a still a tradition for the kids.
Harold, wearing his antlered ears and tuque, said he has been coming to the parade for over 50 years.
“I’m here with my wife Liz and our granddaughter Abigail,” said Harold on the sidelines near Bloor St. W. And University Ave.
When asked what the makes the Christmas parade so good he couldn’t just couldn’t point out one thing — the upside-down clowns, marching bands or one of this year’s 32 floats.
“I think seeing all the children smiling and having fun,” said Harold. “It does get better every year and it is always enjoyable.
“It’s just a Toronto tradition and its just fantastic. I’m a Christmas person all the time.”
Earldene, bundled up with her two sons Phillip and Hunter — plus husband Christopher, attended their sixth straight parade sitting on the edge of the sidewalk outside the Royal Ontario Museum.
“It’s just fun, a bit cold, there is lots of stuff to do (and see). This starts the Christmas spirit for me,” she said.
The biggest roar of the day was reserved for the grand marshal himself — Santa.
The crowds couldn’t contain their enthusiasm flooding off their sidewalk perches with mobiles in hand trying to capture a fleeting moment of the jolly old fellow.
Santa had arrived, and even after 114 years, he looked resplendent atop his sleigh whipping the kids young and old into a frenzy with his deep bellowing ‘Ho-Ho-Ho’s” and “Merry Christmas to all.”