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2018 Canada Day Parade and Santa Claus Parade Return to Downtown Windsor

2018 Canada Day parade and Santa Claus Parade return to Downtown Windsor

2018 Canada Day Parade and Santa Claus Parade Return to Downtown Windsor

The Windsor Parade Corporation (WPC) and the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association (DWBIA) today announced the return of the 2018 Canada Day Parade and Santa Claus Parade to the city centre. The parades will take place on July 1 and December 1, respectively.

“We’re thrilled that the Windsor Parade Corporation is bringing the two parades back downtown,” said DWBIA Chair, Larry Horwitz. “Instilling national and civic pride and recognizing and celebrating the rich diversity of our city, the Parades will engage and attract thousands of visitors to the city centre.”

Maggie Durocher, Windsor Parade Corporation; Larry Horwitz, Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association; David Grimaldi, Windsor Parade Corporation. Photos by Joe McParland – Biz X magazine

Celebrating Canada’s national day, the Parade was a staple of the Original Freedom Festival and dates back to 1959 when it was known as the Dominion Day Parade. Organized by the Windsor Parade Corporation since 2004, the annual Canada Day Parade features 65+ units including marching bands, giant character balloons, floats, businesses, charities and more, and typically attracts thousands of spectators. Established by the Windsor Jaycees in 1969, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Windsor Santa Claus Parade in celebration of the holiday season.

Canada Day Parade Balloon.

“The Windsor Parade Corporation is excited to be returning to Downtown Windsor which was the original parade route for the events. This will be the 50th Annual Windsor Santa Claus Parade and it is nice to bring it back to its historic home.” – Maggie Durocher, Chairperson for The Windsor Parade Corporation

The Windsor Parade Corporation’s mandate is to produce events that complement the quality of life for the residents of Windsor and Essex County. The Downtown Windsor BIA continues to strive to meet its mandate for its membership by developing partnerships that will strengthen the fabric of the Downtown community.

Video by Joe McParland – Biz X magazine