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. 

13 | 20th Wpg Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Venturers

43 | Access Storage

45 | Advance Electronics

47 | Ai-Kon's Cozy Winter Walkers

71 | Arnold Bros. Transport Ltd.

72 | Battlefield Rentals

73 | Bee2gether Tandem Bike Rentals and Sales

54 | Birchwood Nissan

53 | CAA Manitoba

56 | Canada Post

50 | Canadian Blood Services - Gift of Life bus 

44 | Chemo Savvy Dragon Boat Team

20 | Children's Dental World

  6 | Christmas Cheer Board

49 | City of Winnipeg - Animal Services Agency

25 | City of Winnipeg - Fire Paramedic Services

  4 | City of Winnipeg - Mayor

  2 | City of Winnipeg - Public Works

48 | City of Winnipeg - Urban Forestry

27 | City of Winnipeg - Winnipeg Fire Department/Toy Mountain Campaign - Aerial Ladder #1

19 | City of Winnipeg - Winnipeg Police Service

55 | D&D Excavating and Hauling Ltd - Sign Up for Life

11 | Denny's, the Munster's Scary Little Christmas

39 | Electra Sign

29 | Fabulous 50's Car Club Of Manitoba Inc.

34 | Falun Dafa Association Winnipeg

51 | Festival du Voyageur

26 | Fire Fighters Historical Society of Winnipeg, Inc.

36 | Friends of Dyslexia Inc & KC Dyslexic Learning Centre - The Magic of Donating

  3 | Grand Marshalls - Winnipeg Jets Wives, Girlfriends and Families

52 | Green for Life Environmental - Festive Big Green Machine & Tinsel-Time Truck and Trailer

30 | Independent Order of Odd Fellows & Rebekah's of Manitoba

76 | J&D Penner

22 | KFC Taco Bell - HIFlyer Foods

59 | KiSS 102.3 (Rogers Media Inc.)

40 | Knights of Columbus Manitoba

28 | Lafarge Canada Inc.

  1 | Lead Banner / Alvin the Elf

58 | Liberty Tax

60 | Lions Foundation of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario - Roaring Lions

62 | LUCOMM - Philippinne Christmas Lantern Float

64 | Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata

65 | Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU)

66 | Manitoba Metis Federation x 2

21 | Manitoba Parents of Ukrainian Education - The Snow Queen

17 | Manitoba Transit Heritage Association (MTHA) /Winnipeg Transit

10 | Maples Academy of Dance

67 | MB Electrical Museum - Antique 1936 IHC Truck

68 | MB Electrical Museum - Antique 1952 GMC Truck

41 | MB Hydro - Candy Carousal

42 | MB Hydro - Cinderella

43 | MB Hydro - Employee Float

37 | Motor Coach Industries

16 | Mr. Electric of Winnipeg

  9 | Music For Young Children/Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

75 | NCI FM/NOW Country 104 7 - Glitz, Gumdrops and Gingerbread

69 | Neemu-egwah and Aboriginal School of Dance

23 | Parks Canada, Manitoba Field Unit

12 | Pizza Pizza

70 | Planter's Peanuts

14 | Public Service Alliance of Canada - Winnipeg Area Council

57 | RE/MAX

63 | Recyle Everywhere

33 | Romanian Society of Manitoba

74 | Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (RCSCC) John Travers Cornwell VC

77 | Santa Claus Float

38 | Southern Chiefs' Organization

35 | Springs Church

61 | St. James Rods Football Club

  5 | The Canad Inns Express

32 | The Salvation Army - 365 Days of Hope Truck & The Magic of CHRISTmas Float

15 | The War Amps - PLAYSAFE / DRIVESAFE Program

24 | Winnipeg Blue Bombers

  7 | Winnipeg Crime Stoppers

  8 | Winnipeg Goldeyes

18 | Winnipeg Pride

46 | Winnipeg True North Foundation - Winnipeg Jets