The Santa Claus parade is a century old tradition in Canada with the first parade having been held in 1905. Santa Claus parades in Canada signal the start of winter fun and festive celebrations. Although many Santa Claus parades are held in rural communities outside of the major cities, children find a trip to a big city parade like the Toronto Parade or the Saskatoon Parade a huge Christmas treat.
The Santa Claus parades also traditionally herald the start of Christmas shopping and were originally sponsored by department stores. The Saskatoon Santa Claus Parade is no exception. Midtown Plaza is its main sponsor, Santa gets off his float and goes into Midtown Plaza. Many other Saskatoon and area businesses have contributed annually to make the parade a success.
Over the years there have been many themes, and many Grand Marshals. Some of the grand Marshalls have included: Saskatoon Fireside Singers, local Olympians and Para Olympians and former Mayors.
Some of the Themes have included: Candy Canes and Christmas Carols, A cartoon Christmas, White Christmas and many others. Several regular float entries have included the Saskatoon Blades Hockey team, Saskatoon Hilltops Football team, Saskatoon Fifty 567 Chev Car club, Draggins Car Club, Saskatoon Myracles, local radio stations, Canada Post, and MD Ambulance. The Saskatoon Police and Fire services have always been there as well. Usually there are several local politicians in attendance as well. One year an Elvis impersonator was in attendance. Saskatoon Radio Club has been looking after the communications for many years.
Each year is different. Some years there have been marching bands, inflatable floats, horse entries, dog entries, decorated semi-trucks, community organizations, and classic cars.
This event would not come off without all the volunteers that work quietly behind the scenes to put the parade on.
The Saskatoon Santa Claus Parade has come to town almost every year since it was started in 1990. This event is now a firm tradition in Saskatoon.