Rotary Santa Claus Parade

Saturday, November 23, 2019

 

Twinkling lights, a nip in the air, and the anticipation of the upcoming holiday season set the stage for the Rotary Santa Claus Parade. Traditionally attracting more than 40 entries and thousands of spectators, the parade is recognized by the community as Sault Ste. Marie's official kick-off to the Christmas season.

 

 

2018 Award Winners:

Norm Candelori Best In Parade
Indian Friendship Centre presents "Indian Friendship Centre's Super Heroes"

Best Corporate Entry
Toromont CAT presents "Christmas in Whoville"

Best Community Group Entry
Searchmont Ski Runners presents "Unwrap the Gift of Skiing"

Best High School Spirit Award
Superior Heights presents "Snow Squall"

Best Elementary School Spirit Award
Anna McCrea presents "Where Magic Happens"

Honourary Mention
Elim Kids in the Kitchen presents "One Starry Night"

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.