One of Brampton's longest running traditions, the Santa Claus parade, will return on Saturday 17th November from 5pm to 7pm. We continue to provide seasonal entertainment as well as support for local charities.
The event is considered the largest night parade in Canada and will attract up to 150,000 people, depending on the region.
This year's parade takes place at the Rotary Club of Brampton (in partnership with the City of Brampton). President Glenn Williams says the Rotary Club of Brampton has been sponsoring the event for a long time. Rotary will donate $ 25,000 to the parade this year.
Williams explains that Rotary always shows support for the community.
Every year, the club organizes the Lions & Rolls every year to help children in charity and Rotary. Last year, $ 50,000 was raised.
People who bring their children to the parade are reminded to donate non-perishable food. Brampton's Canada Progress Club of Brampton resumes Christmas of Drive this year.
The club has gathered food and cash donations for the past 27 years, "Maybe not anymore," said Larry Fenske, club president.
Over the past 27 years, Fenske has collected 185 tons of food for people in need at the Canadian Progress Club in Brampton. The money collected during the parade is used for food purchases at local grocery stores at a discounted price to meet the requirements of certain food banks, such as high protein foods.
Fenske added, "The food bank is always short for Christmas," he added, adding $ 4,000 to the Brampton Salvation Army every year, no matter how much money he collects in the parade.
Founded in 1922, the Canadian Progress Club is a nationwide service club focused on the needs of children. The Brampton Club supports Special Olympics Canada and is the largest contributor to the national team. This year, the club is sponsoring a local football club at the World Games in Abu Dhabi in 2019.