WINNIPEG SANTA PARADE
NEEDS A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!
$100,000 GoFundMe campaign
launched to build Santa’s new sleigh
As the Winnipeg Parade Committee Inc. prepares for the 109th consecutive Santa parade, Santa’s float has been deemed unsafe to travel. A $100,000 GoFundMe campaign has launched to secure the parade’s future in Winnipeg.
Although the parade generously receives support from sponsors, donors and float entry revenue, this year the costly expense of the float puts the parade in jeopardy.
“The current float is more than 60 years old. With extreme winter temperatures and wear and tear for decades, the old Eaton’s billboards, key to the structural integrity, are damaged beyond repair. The decor is crumbling and the snowmen disintegrating,” said Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade Director, Monica Derksen.
“We’ve created a list of thank-you gifts and we are so grateful for donations and support from friends, families, businesses and supporters,” said Derksen. “If every household and business/organization that attends the parade gives $10, we will reach our goal.”
Visit the GoFundMe page to see the full list of donation thank-you gifts
Launched in 1909, the parade has been a Winnipeg tradition for more than a century. In 1905, Eaton’s Department Store launched the first parade in Toronto and in 1909, the second and third parades were launched in and Winnipeg and Montreal, both booming cities on the rise. Winnipeg’s parade is now the second largest parade in Canada and the largest nighttime parade in the country. More than 3,000 Manitobans participate in the parade itself and the event brings more than 60,000 people to Winnipeg’s downtown annually.
Presented by Manitoba Hydro, the parade is on Saturday, November 17 at 5:00pm.
Don’t forget that Block Parties start at 4:00pm and you can find out about all the great activities HERE.
Remember, dress for the weather, give yourselves lots of time to get downtown, and don’t be naughty, because Santa is watching! If you want to ensure the best experience for you and your family, make sure to check out our NAUGHTY OR NICE LIST.
If you want to see the parade route, please CLICK HERE.
If you want to know about street closures, please CLICK HERE.
If you want to know about Winnipeg Transit Reroutes, please CLICK HERE.