Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie
Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie

Rotary Santa Claus Parade

The North Pole in partnership with the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie is exploring the possibility of a drive-by Santa Claus Parade for this November, and they are looking for commitments of participation from community organizations.

“Before we move forward in our planning, we need to know that there will be groups and organizations interested in entering floats into the parade,” explained Chief Elf Officer, Phyllis Navidad. “A huge part of our parades' success is due to the enthusiastic support of our participants. We couldn't have a parade without them!”

Any groups interested in participating are asked to please fill out this form ( by 1pm, October 15. By filling out the form, groups will be showing their intention to fill out an official parade entry form if they become available. The Santa Claus Parade will only take place if it can be held safely and in accordance with Ontario and Algoma Public Health guidelines.



Watch past parades:

Sensory Friendly Block
Events that are widely viewed as fun for the whole family can be overwhelming and near intolerable for children with sensory difficulties – and parades are no exception!

That is why this year’s parade is including a Sensory Friendly block located from Bruce Street to Dennis Street on the North side of the road for families with children who experience distress dealing with sensory stimulation.

All float entries will be instructed against the use of sirens, air horns, and car horns along this portion of the parade route.

The public is still encouraged to stand in this block, but asked to be cognizant of what we are trying to do.


Frequently Asked Questions:
What do I need to enter the Rotary Santa Claus parade?
A completed application form, a certificate of general commercial liability insurance with the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie listed as additionally insured, and a whole lot of holiday spirit!

What is general commercial liability insurance, and how do I get a certificate?
All businesses and most organizations have general commercial liability insurance. You can email your insurer, “I need a certificate of general liability insurance with the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie named as additionally insured” (you’ll need to include our address), and they will be able to get you what you need. If you are a school from ADSB or HSCDSB, then we already have a certificate of insurance from your board, so ignore this step.

What if I don’t have general commercial liability insurance?
You can find a business or organization to “sponsor” your float. They will provide you with the certificate of general liability insurance with the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie (along with our address) listed as additionally insured from their insurer, and then you just have to list them along with your group’s name on the top of the application form.

How do I find out where to line up?
Rotarians will be awaiting you on the night of the parade at the corner of Queen and Elizabeth. They will tell you what your group’s number is. We suggest getting there around 5:15, as entries that arrive and are set up after 5:30 will not be eligible for judging. The parade will begin 6pm sharp!

Is there a theme?
The Santa Claus parade does not have a theme like the Rotary Community Day Parade does. Feel free to express your holiday spirit in your own way! We encourage getting creative with costumes, music, lights, etc.

How tall can my float be?
The maximum height on Queen Street is 13.5 feet.

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