Parade Entries

Bring Magic to the Streets of Winnipeg!

Get your colleagues, team, or organization together and enter a float in the Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade. Need a guiding principle? Think like a kid! What would excite a six year old? Music, lights, moving pieces, treats - anything you can think of (that fits within our guidelines below)!

Creating your float is half the fun - plan, build, enjoy each other's company and then on parade day, show your community spirit and watch as young faces light up for Santa's grand entrance! It's a community event like none other in Winnipeg.


Float Guidelines

  • Walking Groups may include up to 40 people.
  • Seasonal music is strongly encouraged.
  • All components must be lit including tow vehicle, walkers, and mascots.
  • NO SANTAS ARE PERMITTED EXCEPT ON THE OFFICIAL WINNIPEG SANTA CLAUS FLOAT. This includes anyone dressing or appearing in the likeness of Santa Claus. Non-compliance will result in immediate removal.
  • Entries must maintain a forward motion. Counter marching, maneuvering, sidestepping or other action is permitted provided the entry maintains a forward motion, consistent with the pace of the parade.
  • All components of entry must stay with entry. Mascots, volunteers, collectors or distributors will not “overflow” into entries before or following entry.
  • Alcoholic beverages and smoking are forbidden on any entry. Any participant suspected of being under the influence will be removed.
  • Automobiles are restricted to “invited” guests and are not acceptable as a complete entry. Antique vehicles may be permitted upon approval by Parade Director.
  • Recognition of commercial sponsors is acceptable. It must be done as part of the entry and not as an additional entry associated with a float, meet Santa Claus Parade standards and does not dominate the entry. The Winnipeg Parade Committee reserves the right to reject overtly commercial entries.

Insurance Requirements

  • Drivers will be required to produce up-to-date vehicle insurance and drivers license
  • Float entries must provide a Certificate of Insurance for entry. This includes:
  • Comprehensive General Liability (“CGL.:’) insurance with a minimum limit of $2,000,000 for each occurrence
  • If vehicles are used in entry, automobile liability insurance with a minimum limit of $2,000,000. A certificate of insurance must be provided prior to parade day. CGL insurance must name the Winnipeg Parade Committee, Manitoba Hydro, JCI Winnipeg, Ethero Inc. and the City of Winnipeg as “additional named insured”.
  • The entrant and all participants shall indemnify, defend and save harmless the Winnipeg Parade Committee Inc. Manitoba Hydro, JCI Winnipeg, Ethero Inc., staff, officers, contractors and their representatives, successors and agents from and against all and any claims, losses, costs, expenses, damages and liabilities due to bodily injury or property damage arising directly or indirectly from the participation in all parade activities either before, during or after the parade.
  • No insurance is required for Walking Groups/Mascot Entries

Fire Regulations

  • Fire Inspector will provide on-site inspection and approval.
  • Must carry an appropriately sized extinguisher (charged, sealed, and tagged to indicate date of last service).
  • Extinguisher must be readily accessible and the operator/driver must be familiar with how to operate it.
  • Hay/straw must be treated with a fire retardant substance.
  • Containers of fuel are not permitted on any parade entry.
  • Fuel tanks must be securely fastened and located away from exhaust pipes, generators and must be equipped with an approved cap.

Safety and Security Regulations

  • Safety of participants and the general public is the top priority. Safety is the responsibility of each individual entry and entries must comply with all safety, government regulations, codes and manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • The parade has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for abuse towards anyone, including staff, volunteers, guests, spectators, and other entries.
  • Violators should be reported to Parade Officials on route (or afterwards to the Parade Marshall).


  • Giveaways are allowed along the parade route on approval of the Parade Director.
  • Permitted give-aways must be distributed in person, along the curb of the parade route only. Nothing may be thrown. If anything is thrown from float and/or walkers, the entry risks being prohibited in future parades.


  • For identification and safety purposes, names of ALL participating individuals (walkers, riders and drivers), including minors, will be submitted on parade day.
  • In the unfortunate event of a major emergency, the parade organizers and City of Winnipeg need to know who is on site and who may be missing.

Parade Gala

In appreciation for your support, all parade entrants, sponsors and volunteers are invited to the Parade Gala. Go the Volunteers page for more information. 

1 Lead Banner / Alvin the Elf
2 City of Winnipeg - Public Works
3 Grand Marshal
4 City of Winnipeg - Mayor
5 Manitoba Metis Federation
6 Manitoba Metis Federation - Central Registry Office
7 Springs Church
8 The Miracle Channel
9 Christmas Cheer Board
11 Canad Inns
12 Winnipeg Transit / Manitoba Transit Heritage Association
10 Winnipeg Crime Stoppers
14 City of Winnipeg - Fire Paramedic Services
13 Public Service Alliance of Canada
15 Wolves Elite Stunt Cheerleading
17 Manitoba Hydro - Employee Float
18 City of Winnipeg - Animal Services
19 Lightning Bolt Mascot
20 1966 Mack Fire Engine
21 City of Winnipeg - Police Service 
22 Colonel Sanders Giant Bucket of Chicken
23 Winnipeg Football Club
24 Valour Football Club
25 Lafarge 
26 Fabulous 50's Car Club Of Manitoba Inc.
27 ChemoSavvy Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Team
28 Battlefield Rentals
29 The Salvation Army
30 Romanian Society of Manitoba
31 Falun Dafa Association of Winnipeg
32 Electra Sign & Arthritis Society Manitoba/Nunavut
33 Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs of Manitoba
34 Manitoba Hydro - Candy Carousel
35 Honouring Jordan's Principle
36 RE/MAX / Children's Miracle Network Ginger Bread House
37 Access Storage/PUPS 
38 Manitoba Hydro - Cinderella
39 Pizza Pizza
40 Pasko sa Nayon-Christmas in Rural Philippines
41 Water X Winter Wonderland
42 Keep Christ in Christmas
43 Applebee's Resturant 
44 True North Youth Foundation
45 Canadian Blood Services
46 CAA School Safety Patrols
47 Girl Guides of Canada - Manitoba Council
48 Lions Foundation of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario
49 Ringette Manitoba
50 D&D Excavating and Hauling Sign up for Life
51 CBCRA/Recycle Everywhere
52 Norm of the North
53 Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union
54 KiSS 102.3 Christmas Float
55 Royal Canadian Sea Cadets John Travers Cornwell VC
56 Festival du Voyageur
57 Green for Life Environmental - Festive big green machine & Tinsel-Time semi-truck and trailer
58 Toromont CAT
60 Santa Claus