Sunday, 20 April 2014, 2:37 pm

HO! HO! HO! Happy Holidays!

Santa waves to the crowd as he makes his first stop of the season in Niagara Falls on Nov. 17.  He has a busy weekend ahead of him with parades planned in Welland on Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. and St. Catharines on Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m.  See story on Page 16.   PHOTO BY COLLIN STACHURABy COLLIN STACHURA
Staff Writer
On Saturday, the annual Santa Claus Parade in Niagara Falls was the unofficial start to the holiday season.
Victoria Avenue was lined with spectators from the old armory all the way through downtown Queen Street. The temperature being 14°C, it didn’t feel much like the holiday season, but that didn’t stop the more than 10,000 people in attendance or damper the holiday spirit.
There were in excess of 90 parade entries, more than five marching bands and some very unique, oversized characters like Kermit the Frog and Cookie Monster.
The parade lasted just a little over two hours, starting at the old armory on Victoria Avenue and ending near Niagara Falls City Hall on Queen Street.
It was filled with local companies, high schools and the sound of marching bands filling the air. From highflying cheerleader acts to Christmas characters on stilts, the Santa Claus Parade was no letdown. And with the warm weather, the only snow in the sky came accompanied with candy canes from old St. Nick’s float.


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