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article imageNumerous complaints submitted about Toronto's Santa Claus Parade

By Andrew Moran     Nov 24, 2010 in Lifestyle
Toronto - Even though the annual Santa Claus Parade is supposed to bring smiles to children's faces and laughter from the parents, many turned out to be unhappy with this year's festivities.
The 106th annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade is the world’s longest running children’s parade. This year’s parade consisted of 31 floats, dozens of celebrity clowns and 24 marching bands. The annual event drew hundreds of thousands of people from across the Greater Toronto Area.
Although, in theory, the Christmas parade is meant to bring joyous behaviour, many people are not happy with the end result and have submitted their complaints to The Official Toronto Santa Claus Parade Facebook page.
The parade was slated to begin at 12:45 from Christie Pits but at the corner of Bloor Street and Avenue Road, the first set of marching bands and floats didn’t arrive until 2:00 p.m., which didn’t make the children any happier.
Furthermore, the temperature continued to dip as the parade went on, which, as noted from the parents behind this journalist, didn’t make fathers and mothers’ jobs any easier.
Toronto: The 106th annual Santa Claus Parade.
Toronto: The 106th annual Santa Claus Parade.
Andrew Moran
One user, Natalee Blais, stated on the Facebook page: “Parade was the worst I’ve been too yet… I went out there to make sure my kids would have a great view, and by the middle of the parade; parents were lifting their kids over us and letting them run around in front of my kids! The gaps were terrible and quite frankly why does the parade have hardly anything to do with Christmas?” Blais concluded: “We were all very disappointed.”
Another attendee of the parade, Sarah Douglas-Murray, said: “Floats were disappointing, there were huge gaps, people in the parade looked miserable, crowds were pushy and rude, marshals and police were letting people push and sit on the street. I won't make the effort to go to the parade next year.”
At one point during the parade, there was a delay between floats of about 20 minutes.
According to 680 News, parade organizers are working on a prepared statement to explain what actually happened during the parade.
Others were also disappointed in the televised broadcast of the parade. Facebook user, Jane Suchomski, stated: “The television broadcast was particularly disappointing. We kept seeing bands on way, and then we would come back from a commercial break hearing the band in the background, having gone by! Why were only three bands featured this year?”
For complete coverage of Sunday’s event, click here.
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