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Santa Claus parade: What you need to know

11/14/2014 05:25 EST | Updated 01/14/2015 05:59 EST
Santa's stopping by Toronto this Sunday in style at the 110th annual Toronto Santa Claus parade.

With what organizers anticipate to be the "biggest parade yet," here's everything you need to know for a successful day.

Getting to the parade

The parade starts at 12:30 p.m. Christie Pits and ends at St. Lawrence Market after going along Bloor Street, down University Avenue and finally along Front Street.

Public transit is a good option with many stops along the parade route. GO Transit is selling specially priced passes for travel on Nov. 16, and will be operating on a special schedule. TTC stops along the route include Christie, Bathurst, Spadina/St. George, Museum, Queen's Park, St. Patrick, Osgoode, Queen and King Stations.

To find public parking lots near the parade route, check the Green P parking site.

Santa's ETA

All the floats and characters are great, but it's the big jolly guy at the end of the parade that everyone really wants to see. Know where Santa is and how long it'll take him and his reindeer to pull up to your section by downloading the Track Santa app.

The free app lets users know Santa's location. When Santa drives by, users can shake the app to hear it ring like jingle bells.

New floats

The Santa Claus parade has partnered with the MLSE Foundation, which has created three new floats for this year's event. Appropriately, the foundation has created soccer, hockey and basketball floats.

The soccer float celebrates the Toronto FC team, showing a powerful player kicking a goal past a terrified goalie. The hockey float will feature Toronto Maple Leafs' goalie Jonathan Bernier playing street hockey with some kids. While the basketball float stars the Toronto Raptors' mascot The Raptor netting a basket.

Being in the parade

If you don't want to watch from the sidelines, but would prefer to star in the parade you're in luck. More than 3,000 volunteers help create the parade annually.

There's a few criteria to meet first. Children on the floats must be between eight and 10 years old on the day of the parade. Those marching the six kilometre route must be at least 11 years old.

Road closures, public transit diversions

The parade will close multiple streets from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.:

- Bloor Street West from east side of Ossington Avenue to west side of Christie Street.

- Queens Park Crescent/University Avenue from Bloor Street to Wellington Street.

- Wellington Street/Front Street East from University Avenue to Jarvis Street.

As the parade moves past certain areas and wraps up, the parade dispersal will cause additional road closures from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.:

- Front Street East from Church Street to Jarvis Street.

- Scott Street from Wellington Street East to Front Street East.

The road closures will cause several TTC route diversions from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- 172 Cherry Street buses.

- 5 Avenue Road buses.

- 6 Bay buses.

- 75 Sherbourne buses.

- 94 Wellesley buses.

Check how the routes will be impacted on the TTC site.

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