“Look! Up in the sky – it’s a bird; it’s a plane! It’s a Christmas tree formation of planes!” This year’s Parade will start with a sky-high thrill! Make sure to look up jut before 9:00 am to see seven airplanes flying in a Christmas tree formation overhead. Normally based at the North Pole, Santa is sending his very own squadron of airplanes to kick-off Oakville’s 64th annual Parade. “We are very excited to have Santa’s planes flying overhead again this year,” said Pam Damoff, Santa Claus Parade Chair. “In keeping with our Parade theme of ‘Once Upon a Christmas,’ the Parade fly-by will kick off a season of special holiday memories for parade-goers.”
No visit from Santa would be complete without marching bands playing the streets of downtown Oakville and Kerr Village on Parade Day. This year’s line-up will definitely provide entertainment for all ages and everyone will get into the Christmas spirit as they sing along to their favourite Christmas carols.
The Halton Regional Police Service Pipes & Drums, dressed in their traditional Chisholm tartan, will once again lead off the Santa Claus Parade. Returning this year are the ever-popular Optimists Alumni Drum Corps, Magnolia Brass Band, Prime Time Brass and the HMCS Star.
The world-famous Top Hat Marching Orchestra from Burlington will also be returing this year to delight the young and young at heart. This group has been entertaining audiences with its musical talent since 1982 and is always a Parade favourite. Heralding the arrival of Santa, the award-winning Top Hats are sure to bring a smile to your face as they bring their unique style to the Oakville Parade.
The Parade will also welcome three new bands to its impressive line-up this year. The Malvern Collegiate Marching Band from Toronto, wearing their traditional kilts and red tunics, the Jean Vanier Drum Line, newly formed in 2012 at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School and the Western Mustang Band, the award-winning marching and pep band from the University of Western Ontario.
“This is one of our best line-ups ever of amazing talent,” said Val Blackwell, Band Coordinator for the Oakville Santa Claus Parade. “Be ready to sit back, tap your toes and be entertained by some of the finest musicians in North America.”
Keep your eye out for another great performance by Burlington’s MM Robinson Drumline, participating in the Parade for the fourth time. Some people will remember the ROTC Toronto (Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corp) from last year. Returning for the third time, this not-for-profit performance-based organization form a modern-day colour guard, twirling flags, spinning rifles, dancing and using other props to create a stunning visual production, choreographed to some of today’s hottest sounds.
In addition the parade welcomes the Oakville Filarmonica Marching Band for their third appearance this year. As the second oldest Portuguese band of Ontario, they began as small group of enthusiasts who got together in 1968 to participate in a religious feast of Santissima Trindad. Today they are on their way to celebrating their 40th anniversary and are still here in showing the talents of wonderful musicians, old and new who always work hard in serving the entire community with musical culture.
The Oakville Parade is thrilled to welcome the Stilt Guys for the first time to its line-up this year. Providing entertainment across the world since 2004, the performers – featured this year on the hit Reality TV show Dragon’s Den — have delighted crowds at such venues as Superbowl XL in Detroit, Michigan and at the Canada Day celebrations of the Canadian consulate in London, England. Look waaaaay up to see the Stilt Guys as they make their way down the Parade route!
Now in its 64th year, the Oakville Santa Claus Parade is a cherished tradition in our Town. The 2012 Parade takes place this Saturday, November 17th, beginning at 9 am. The Parade will begin at Lakeshore Road and Reynolds, go west on Lakeshore to Kerr Street, north on Kerr and end at Kerr and Stewart Streets.
For more information on the Oakville Santa Claus Parade, visit www.oakvillesantaclausparade.ca