Each year, the city of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, kicks off the Christmas season with the Rogers Santa Claus Parade. Those who don't want to battle the crowds in downtown Vancouver to line the parade route can watch the parade from the comforts of home instead, as a taped program of the parade is broadcast later.
The Rogers Santa Claus Parade in Vancouver takes place each year on the first Sunday in December at 1 p.m. The parade route begins at the corner of Broughton and Georgia and proceeds east along Georgia. The parade then turns right onto Howe and ends at the corner of Howe and Davie. Viewers are welcome to claim spots anywhere along the parade route to get a live view of the action.
Marching bands are typically included in the parade, marching while playing familiar Christmas tunes. Cars and floats carrying local celebrities and other well-known characters are also part of the parade. Many of those who march in the parade bring along candy to throw to the children lining the streets. The end of the parade brings what every child -- and some adults -- have been waiting for: Santa Claus.
One of the goals of the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade is to provide support for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. This society provides helps about 9,000 homeless and hungry residents each week around Vancouver. Rogers Communications, the sponsor of the parade, encourages spectators to bring nonperishable food items to donate. These items should be passed forward to the curb at the beginning of the parade. When the "Spirit Train" comes through, volunteers collect the food and load it onto the train for donation to the food bank.
While no one can control the behavior of others along the route, Rogers Communcations encourages parade spectators to think of others so everyone can enjoy the parade. This includes dressing appropriately and wearing rain gear if rain is in the forecast, rather than blocking everyone's view with an umbrella. Rogers Communications also asks that spectators refrain from smoking along the parade route and stay off public and privately owned objects, such as mailboxes and dumpsters, even if they do provide a better view. Those in wheelchairs and young children should be allowed a curbside view of the parade.
- Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images