Spectators asked to not use cannabis during Santa Claus Parade

Nov 21 2018, 7:17 pm

On Sunday, December 2, downtown Vancouver will be packed with spectators of all ages, lining up to watch the annual Santa Claus Parade.

With thousands of viewers expected at the parade, organizers have made one thing clear – they’re aiming to make the entire parade a smoke-free event.

And although the use of cannabis was recently legalized, spectators are asked to keep the event festive for everyone and leave the merry-juana at home.

The event website includes a list of parade tips from Santa, one of which includes refraining from the use of cannabis or tobacco during the event.

“Our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable healthy environment to start the festive season,” says parade organizer Elyse Gawley.

Gawley notes that the parade has been a smoke-free environment since day one and they’ve never had any issues with the rule.

It’s to help create a more comfortable environment for families with young children, who will make up the majority of the 300,000 viewers expected.

“We simply ask that if you’re planning on using cannabis or tobacco that it’s done before or after the parade,” Gawley explains.

The Santa Claus Parade is the largest Christmas parade celebrated in Western Canada, as well as one of the largest fundraising events for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

The parade will begin at West Georgia Street and Broughton, travelling east along West Georgia, turning south on Howe, and finishing at Howe and Davie.

The 2018 Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

Where: The parade begins at West Georgia Street, ending on Howe and Davie

When: Sunday, December 2, 2018

Time: The parade begins at 12 pm

Admission: Free of charge, although donations are encouraged

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