It seems that even jolly old Saint Nick can’t avoid Montreal’s construction.
With just over 50 days left until Christmas, Destination Centre-Ville unveiled details for this month’s Santa Claus Parade and the big fella and co. will be hopping over to René-Lévesque Boulevard instead of their usual route along Ste. Catherine.
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The 69th annual X-Mas extravaganza will feature 25 floats, elves, marching bands, dancers, and the lovely Christmas Fairy, while covering a two-kilometre trek between Guy and St-Urbain streets.
The landmark event, which is also televised, is expecting an estimated 300,000 spectators while another one million tune in on TV.
According to Destination Centre-Ville, new additions to this year’s parade feature a few of the city’s adored mascots; the Montreal Canadiens’ Youppi, the Impact’s Junior, the Alouettes’ Touché, and Martly the Martlet from McGill.
Well-known Quebec performers Brigitte Boisjoli, Christian Marc Gendron, and Yoan will lend their voices to some Christmas classics songs and for the first time ever, the Cirque du Soleil will participate on a float with an all-new performance.
The parade starts at 11 am on Saturday, November 23, and floats around until 1:30 pm and then guests are invited to attend the ‘winter wonderland’ corner that will be set up on Ste. Catherine and McGill College.
Hosted by Marie-Eve Janvier and Patrice Bélanger, the event will appear on the TVA network and on the Yoopa channel on Sunday, November 24 at 5 pm, before being rebroadcasted on Sunday, December 8 at 1:30 pm, December 21 at 9:45 am, December 22 at 5:30 am, December 23 at 8:30 am, December 24 at 6:30 am, and December 25 at 11:15 am.
When: Saturday, November 23
Time: 11 am
Where: René-Lévesque Boulevard, between Guy and St-Urbain
Price: Free admission